DescriptionKARL FRIEDRICH HERMANN LUNGKWITZ (German/American, 1813-1891)
On the Pedernales River, circa 1870s
Oil on paper
10 x 13-1/4 inches (25.4 x 33.7 cm) (sheet)
By descent through the family of the artist.
One of the first trained artists in Texas, Karl Friedrich Hermann Lungkwitz was born in Germany and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at Dresden. He immigrated to America in 1850, settling near Fredericksburg, Texas in 1852. While continuing to paint landscapes of the Hill Country, Lungkwitz moved to San Antonio in 1864 and opened a photographic studio with the artist Carl G. von Iwonski. In 1870, he moved to Austin where he worked as a photographer while teaching drawing and painting at the German-English Academy and the Texas Female Institute in Austin in the late 1870s. "During class he checked the sharpness of his students' pencils, often erased mistakes, and made them redraw scenes copied from his European drawings or illustrations from magazines," according to Lungkwitz biographer, Patrick McGuire.
Lungkwitz's contributions to the lexicon of Texas landscape paintings began with his views of the Pedernales River, near where the artist's descendants still live today on land purchased in 1852. Despite being German-trained and having no connection whatsoever to the British landscape tradition from which the Hudson River School artists descended, Lungkwitz's works from the 1860s and 1870s could hang alongside the best of the Hudson River School painters, especially John Frederick Kensett. However, the use of oil on paper, as seen in On the Pedernales River, was common amongst other German-trained artists such as Albert Bierstadt.
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