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Charles Meurer Pastoral Landscape Oil Painting, Early to Mid-20th Century

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Charles Alfred Meurer (German-born American, 1865 – 1955)
Untitled (pastoral landscape), early to mid-20th century
Oil painting on canvas board
Signed to the lower right

Charles Meurer was born in Germany to American parents and was raised in Tennessee. He eventually settled in Terrace Park, Ohio, where he maintained a studio until his death in 1955. He was proclaimed “the last living member of the great school of American trompe l’oeil.” He had studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Frank Duveneck, as well as in France at the Academy Julian and École des Beaux-Arts. However, it was seeing the work of Michael Harnett at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition of 1886 that inspired his exploration of trompe l’oeil. His work My Passport, painted the year of Harnett’s death, won honorable mention at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and established his national reputation.


- painting examined under UV light; slight dust and discolored varnish to the surface; cracks to the paint to the sky to the upper edge; dust and discoloration to the frame; chips, scratches, and cracks throughout the frame.


31.5" W x 23.0" H x 2.0" D

- measures frame; sight measures 23.25" W x 15.0" H.

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