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William Louis (1822) Sonntag (1822 - 1900)

Lot 24062: WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)

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October 29, 2004
Dallas, TX, US

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WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)
Landscape with river, c.1860
Oil on canvas
22in. x 30in. (sight size). Framed
Not signed

Born in East Liberty, Pennsylvania in 1822, Sonntag studied at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1840s. William Sonntag was one of the central figures of the Hudson River School. His early landscapes were executed during painting excursions from Cincinnati to the Ohio River Valley and in Kentucky and West Virginia in 1856 and 1859. Sonntag collaborated with John C. Wolfe on a large panorama of Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained before he traveled to Italy and lived in Florence from 1855-1856. After his return from Europe in 1857, Sonntag settled in New York City, exhibited extensively and was renowned for his romantic American and Italian landscapes. By the 1860s, he was famous for his views of sky, earth and water, and he painted in New England and upper state New York. In 1860 Sonntag was elected an Associate, and then in 1881, an Academician, at the National Academy of Design and he was also a member in the American Water Color Society, the Artists Fund Society, and the American Art Union. His work is housed in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Peabody Institute; Berkshire Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Chrysler Museum; the Fogg Museum; Harvard University; Vassar College Art Gallery; and Cincinnati Art Museum. Sonntag died in New York City in 1900, celebrated as one of America's most revered landscape painters. This painting displays the hallmark Hudson River school concerns with light and atmosphere, as seen in an idyllic landscape complete with a reflective body of water. This work has been professionally conserved and the canvas has been rebacked with a new canvas support.

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WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)

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