William Louis Sonntag


William Louis Sonntag


Also known as Sontag, William Louis

Nationality: American

William Louis Sonntag was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1822. At an early age, he showed an affinity for painting and did sketches and paintings of country scenes near Philadelphia and western Pennsylvania. However, the movement Westward enticed him. The romance and desire to go to a different community led him to travel, and he set forth. When he reached Cincinnati in the 1840s, he decided to settle, training at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts and painting landscapes in the nearby Ohio River Valley and the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. By the 1850s Sonntag had become a household name in this region, due in part to his commission from the B&O Railroad and to his regular appearances in the Western Art Union exhibitions. While Sonntag was to travel to Europe and to study and paint in the manner of the Old Masters, it is his American works by which he is judged and which make him the distinguished master he is. The paintings Sonntag did in Italy are idyllic; his American paintings are more realistic and natural and flow freely from his facile brush. Although the colors he used are quite vibrant and the details intricate, they are subordinated to the harmony of the whole painting, giving a complete and well-balanced composition. In the early 1850s, Sonntag settled in New York City and became affiliated with the Hudson River School, favoring various eastern sites as his subjects: the Adirondacks, the Alleghenies, the Catskills, the Shenandoah Valley, and the White Mountains. The National Academy of Design awarded him associate membership in 1861.


William Louis Sonntag Original Art Values Sold at Auction

WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900) Hudson River Landscape with River Traffic Oil on original unlined canvas 2
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)Hudson River Landscape with River TrafficOil on original unlined canvas2...
Lot 23308
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American, 1822-1900) View of the Adirondacks, 1864 Oil on canvas on masonite 24 x 40 inches (6
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American, 1822-1900)View of the Adirondacks, 1864Oil on canvas on masonite24 x 40 inches (6...
Lot 73059
Auction 5118
Thursday, November 15, 2012
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900) View of the White Mountains, 1866 Oil on canvas laid on cradled masonite pa...
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)View of the White Mountains, 1866Oil on canvas laid on cradled masonite pa...
Lot 23303
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) Golden Sunlight Oil on canvas laid on board 20-1/2 x 36-1/2 inches (52.1
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900)Golden SunlightOil on canvas laid on board20-1/2 x 36-1/2 inches (52.1 ...
Lot 68073
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900) Adirondack Mountain Landscape Oil on canvas 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)Adirondack Mountain LandscapeOil on canvas20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm...
Lot 23304
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007

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