Richard Lorenz

Year inducted: 2005

When Milwaukee was still seen by many as being part of the Western frontier, 28 year old Richard Lorenz settled there in 1886. He had already established himself as a skilled artist in Weimar, Germany, where at the Weimar Art School he twice won the school’s highest award. He had exhibited in Antwerp and Berlin, but made his way to America to participate with the American Panorama Company as it produced the huge canvases that toured America and Australia. Richard was noted as a specialist in the painting of horses, and that skill not only enabled him to work on the panoramas, but it also served him as he traveled westward and produced many paintings from his visits to Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and California. He visited tribes of Native Americans, observed cowboys, and it is believed about half of his painting production dealt with Western themes. While not as well known as Frederick Remington, his work stands up well in comparison. In fact, he has been called the nearest rival to Remington, and the artist having the “biggest reputation” among Milwaukee residents. He exhibited in Munich in 1891, the Paris Salon in 1901, the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 and the Saint Louis Exhibition of 1904, and winning prizes in a New York event called the Osbourne Competition. Despite his travels out West, his studio remained in Milwaukee, where he pursued his profession as painter and teacher. Many of his students had their own productive careers, such as Alexander Mueller, George Raab and Louis Mayer.

Works by Richard Lorenz