Karl Bodmer

1809-1893 Switzerland-Travelled America

 

Brief Biography-Karl Bodmer was born in Reisbach Switzerland. He received his tuition from his engraver uncle Johann Jakob Meier, who had been tutored by Johann Heinrich Füssli. In 1832 whilst in Koblenz he was requested by Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied to accompany him on an expedition of North America. Prince Max was an explorer, ethnologist and naturalist. They left for America with a taxidermist, David Dreidoppel. The expedition travelled as far west as Montana. Bodmer spent his time sketching the indigenous tribes' people they encountered. Many of those he sketched were to die within a decade from diseases such as smallpox brought in by migrants.
When they returned to Europe Bodmer stayed in Paris where he put his sketches into watercolours. The subsequent aquatints were used in Maximilian's accounts named 'Maximilian Prince of Wied's Travels in the Interior of North America'. The chronicles were published in several different languages.
He later moved to Barbizon where he was to paint alongside François Millet. His works at this stage were mostly landscapes and were well received in Paris. In 1877 he became a night in the French Légion d'honneur.

 

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A Mandan
Village

A Mandan Village

A Sioux
Warrior

A Sioux Warrior

An Assiniboin
Indian

An Assiniboin Indian and a Yanktonan Indian

A
Stop

A Stop

Dacota Woman
and Assiniboin Girl

Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl

Bison Dance of the
Mandan Indians

Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in Front of their Medecine Lodge

Mato-
tope

Mato-tope

Dance of the
Mandan Indians

Dance of the Mandan Indians

Funeral Scaffold
of a Sioux Chief

Funeral Scaffold of a Sioux Chief

Horse Racing of
the Sioux Indians

Horse Racing of the Sioux Indians

Winter village of
the Minatarres

Winter village of the Minatarres

Hut of a
Mandan Chief

Hut of a Mandan Chief

Idols of the
Mandan Indians

Idols of the Mandan Indians

Landscape with
Herd of Buffalo

Landscape with Herd of Buffalo on the Upper Missouri

Magic Pile Erected
by the Assiniboin

Magic Pile Erected by the Assiniboin

Mandan
Indians

Mandan Indians

Mato-Tope Chief Mandan

Mato-Tope Chief Mandan

Confluence of the
Fox River-

Confluence of the Fox River and the Wabash

Pioch-Kiaiu Piegan
Blackfeet Man

Pioch-Kiaiu Piegan Blackfeet Man

New
Harmony

New Harmony

Offering of the
Mandan Indians

Offering of the Mandan Indians

Sauki and
Musquake or Fox

Sauki and Musquake or Fox

Scalp Dance of
the Minatarres

Scalp Dance of the Minatarres

Sioux
Tipis

Sioux Tipis

Stolzenfels
Castle

Stolzenfels Castle

The Enemy Brothers
at Bornhofen

The Enemy Brothers at Bornhofen on Rhine

The Fox River near
New Harmony

The Fox River near New Harmony

Tombs
of Assiniboin

Tombs of Assiniboin

View of the
Godesburg

View of the Godesburg and the Siebengebirge

Wabash
River

Wabash River

Hunting
the Bison

Hunting the Bison

Woman of the Snake
Tribe and Cree Tribe

Woman of the Snake Tribe and Woman of the Cree Tribe