Charles Schreyvogel Biography | Oil Paintings

1-4-1861 New York, NY USA – 1-27-1912 Hoboken, New Jersey USA

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Schreyvogel, Charles

Charles Carl Schreyvogel was born on the Lower East Side of New York City and grew up in a poor family of German immigrant shopkeepers.

Charles Schreyvogel taught himself to draw as he was unable to afford art classes. In 1901, at the age of forty, his painting My Bunkie was awarded the Thomas Clarke Prize at the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design. He spent most of his life as an impoverished artist in the shadows of other Western artists but he then earned what seemed like overnight fame, when Remington died in 1909. Frederic Remington despised Charles Schreyvogel, as he did not like to accord recognition to other western artists. Charles Schreyvogel became the premier Western artist for the brief remainder of his life, which unfortunately was for only three years as he died early at the age of fifty-one. His oil painting Saving Their Lieutenant was sold at auction for US$1.600.000.

Charles Carl Schreyvogel did much of his work in his studio or his rooftop Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Palisades. His western scenes were usually subjects with a landscape as the backdrop, and his depictions of Indians were that of people with dignity and pride, but what made him popular was his paintings of the Army and the U.S. Cavalry battling the Indians. He was friends with some of the most prominent men and women of his time, including William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Elizabeth B. Custer, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Art Movement: American Western Art.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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