Born: Oldenburg, Germany (or Mendocino County, California) 1854
Died: Oakland, California 1937
Important California Indian painter during 1880s.
Raschen immigrated with his family to Fort Ross, California in 1868. He was the pupil of Virgil Williams at the San Francisco Art Academy and was influenced by Charles Nahl. In 1875, he studied in Munich along with Chase and Shirlaw, the pupil of Loefftz, Streihuber, Barth, and Dietz. He traveled in Italy and France before returning to San Francisco in 1883. From 1883 to 1890 he specialized in Indian paintings based on California sketching trip taken with C. Von Perbandt, a landscape painter. In this peridod he accompanied General Miles on an expedition to capture Geronimo. From 1890 to 1894 his studio was again in Munich where he was a successful painter and teacher. After having come back to San Francisco in 1894, he won the gold medal at the Munich exposition in 1898. He visited Geronimo imprisoned at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Raschen moved to Oakland after the 1906 San Francisco fire. His California patron was Mrs. Phoebe Hearst.
It is said that Raschen was born in Mendocino County, California in 1857, that he was a member of the Bohemian Club until 1892, and that he painted Southwestern as well as California Indians before his death in 1938.
Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing