Carl (Karl) Kauba was an Austrian sculptor of Western American bronzes, specializing in Indians. Born in Vienna, Austria, Kauba became a well-known early 20th century sculptor of Indian and other western figures.
Kauba was the pupil of Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz in Austria. He traveled widely in the American West, sketching and modeling, about 1895. He returned to Vienna where his Western bronzes, mostly of Indians, but also of other figures of a vanishing way of life, were cast for the American market between 1895 and 1912.
The small and medium bronzes were sometimes done in polychrome at the foundry. It is said that there were two Kaubas, father and son, and that it was the son who modeled the small polychrome bronzes.
Kauba’s work is held in major collections nationwide, including the Harmsen and Anschutz collections.
Reference: AskArt.com, Samuel’s Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, Harold and Peggy Samuels