St. Louis Mercantile Library


Carl Wimar, Landscape with Boulders
Charles Ferdinand (Carl) Wimar (1828 - 1862),
Landscape with Boulders
, n.d., oil on board

Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
Carl Wimar was born in Germany and came to St. Louis with his mother in 1843. He had begun painting at an early age, and in St. Louis he was apprenticed to Leon Pomarede, a French painter working in the city; together they traveled up the Mississippi River by steamboat creating sketches of the landscape. In the 1850s Wimar returned to Germany to study art at the prestigious Dusseldorf Academy, and in 1856 he returned to St. Louis where he continued his travels. Throughout his career, the landscape and the lives of Native Americans remained his favored subjects.

This sketch was likely created on one of Wimar’s many trips along the Mississippi River. These quick studies of the arrangement of forms and colors in nature would be taken back to Wimar’s studio where the idea would be incorporated into the composition of a finished oil painting.

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