An old oil on canvas painting of a swift-running river in a steep mountain canyon landscape in the fall, 24 1/2" by 20" (32 1/2" by 27 1/2" in circa 1920's pie crust style frame, unsigned on front, with "Herman Herzog/Storm at Yosemite" written on the back of the canvas in an old style hand (difficult to photograph, I have provided two images). The painting is offered as a late 19th century/turn of the century oil but without a signature or provenance it will be difficult to do more than attribute this to the famous German-born, American landscape painter Hermann Herzog (1832-1932). Herzog did paint in Yosemite Valley and in numerous other places around the west beginning in the 1870's when he made his first trip to the region. Born in Bremen, Germany, Herzog in 1855 made a trip to Norway which deeply affected him, leaving him with a fascination for landscape and exotic landscape. He studied with Andreas Achenbach and traveled all over Europe on painting voyages, eventually emigrating to the United States in 1867. In later years he visited his son in northern Florida, and Herzog's Florida paintings are especially prized. Famous during his lifetime, collected by the likes of Queen Victoria and Czar Alexander II, some works have achieved into seven figures at auction. This painting is a little dusty and has a tiny loss/pressure point at upper left, but is otherwise in very good condition. The lower left corner of the pie crust frame evidently crumbled at some point and was glued back together. The painting was purchased by me near San Francisco in the early 1990's.
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