Wendt, William(German/American, 1865-1946)
A landscape artist who emigrated from Germany to the United States via Chicago in 1880, Wendt was an apprentice at a Chicago cabinet maker’s shop before turning to painting. Wendt became associated with the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony through his wife Julia Bracken, a sculptor who had assisted an artist working on a project for the 1893 World’s Fair. Wendt had a one-man show at the Art Institute and taught there as well. His work is held by museums in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Valparaiso University. A series of his California landscapes were recently shown at the Laguna Art Museum.
Works Cited:
Madden, Betty; Larry Emmons (Foreward). The Eagle’s Nest Art Colony Collection: Arts Alliance Ogle County, 1982.
Knight, Christopher. “Review: William Wendt at Laguna Art Museum,” on Los Angeles Times Blog Website. Visited 10/9/2009. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/01/william-wendt.html

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