karl bodmer 1809 - 1893
Karl Bodmer was born on February 11, 1809 as the son to Cotton Trader Heinrich Bodmer and Elisabet Bodmer born Meier. Early on is Bodmer's artistic talent discovered and at 13 he is sent to his uncle, the renowned landscape painter and engraver Johan Jakob Meier, for training. Probably during the years he spent with his uncle were the only artistic training that Bodmer received. Already at age 19, Bodmer publishes his first sketches and moves to German. And settles in Koblenz to work.
Find out more about Karl Bodmer and his work in "Bodmers Journey" a Luke Gasser Documentary.
FROM PRINCE MAXIMILIAN'S JOURNAL
Bodmer has represented the Indian nations with great truth and correct perseption of their characteristic features. His drawings will prove an important addition to our knowledge of this race of men, to whom so little attention has been paid.
The indulgent reader, following the author beyond the frontier of the United States, to those extensive plains and cheerless, disolate prairies, where many tribes of the aborigines still enjoy a peaceful dwelling while their brothers in the eastern part of the continent are displaced or degenerated by the ever-increasing immigration and pushed across the Mississippi where they have for the most part perished.
the north american journals of prince of wied
With illustration by Karl Bodmer (available on amazon)