German-born artist Hermann Herzog belongs to a small but significant number of turn-of-the-century academic painters from the North who achieved critical and financial success with their works in Southern subject matter, accounted for in this case by the artist’s preference for the lush Florida landscape. Herzog was formally trained at the Düsseldorf Academy and was later mentored by the Norwegian artist, Hans Gude. Before Herzog immigrated to the United States in 1871, he had already established a reputation as a fine artist, completing commissions for prominent European patrons, including Queen Victoria & Grand Duke Alexander of Russia. Although he settled in Pennsylvania, Herzog traveled the US extensively, painting and exhibiting landscapes. His unmistakable mastery of the medium of oil paint manifested itself nowhere more clearly than in the use of color, creating harmonies which often imbued a nearly tangible quality of atmosphere into his paintings. For this reason, Herzog’s work is considered by historians as either Tonalist or Luminist, following the mood of his popular contemporaries, George Inness and Martin Johnson Heade (respectively), though perhaps better aligned with the effects of the latter.
Wright Collection of Southern Art
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