Born: Voigtstaedt, Weimar, Germany 1858
Died: Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1915
Important European trained Western painter, illustrator, teacher
Lorenz began the study of art in Weimer at 15. He was the pupil of Brendel, Thedy and Hagen from 1874 to 1886, winning the Carl Alexander prize at Weimer in 1884 and exhibiting in Berlin and Munich. Lorenz immigrated to Milwaukee in 1886. He worked with William Wehner painting panoramas, specializing in horses.
In 1887, Lorenz quit Milwaukee to travel in the West. It is said that he became a Texas ranger during the “lawless” days of the frontier, getting an understanding of cowpunchers and “bad men.” Lorenz returned to Milwaukee about 1890, teaching at the new School of Art and painting Western subjects from his sketches. Frank Tenney Johnson as Lorenz’s most famous pupil credited him with the influence toward Western subjects. Lorenz visited Montana about 1898. His Last Glow of a Passing Nation was Custer’s Last Stand from the viewpoint of the Sioux Indians. A Lorenz retrospective was held at the Milwaukee Art Center in 1966. It included 103 works, more than half Western.
Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing