Louis Maurer (New York, 1832-1932) watercolor painting on paper depicting cowhands on horseback, herding long horn cows at a watering hole. Monogram signature lower right. Unframed. Sight – 3 3/8" H x 5 5/8" W. Overall – 8 1/4" H x 12 5/8" W. Biography: A native of Germany, Louis Maurer, immigrated to America in 1851 with his family, having trained in mechanical drawing, anatomy, lithography and ivory carving. He had also helped his father with cabinet making. Maurer took a job for eight years as a lithographer for Currier and Ives, earning a beginning salary of five dollars a week. He became known especially for his prints of trotting horses, and one of his most famous series was called The Life of a Fireman. He developed a system whereby several artists worked on a single print, with each having their specialty. He and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait painted Indian and western subjects, and plagiarized their early efforts from pictures they found in the Astor library that were done by George Catlin and Karl Bodmer. From 1872 to 1884, he had his own successful lithographic firm. At age 50, Louis Maurer began study at the Gotham Art School and later studied with William Merritt Chase at the National Academy of Design. He made two extensive trips West, one of them in 1885 as the guest of Buffalo Bill Cody. On the second trip, he did numerous Rocky Mountain paintings and animal depictions. At the age of 99, he had his first solo exhibition, which was held in New York City. (sources: Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West; Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art; AskArt). CONDITION: Ungramed but retains an older paper matte. Overall very good condition with slight toning to paper.
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