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Charles Alfred Meurer Landscape Oil Painting of Herd, Mid-20th Century

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Charles Alfred Meurer (German/American, 1865 – 1955)
Untitled (herd), mid-20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right

Charles Meurer was born in Germany to American parents and 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 Art Academy of Cincinnati 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.


- abrasions and scratches to the frame; some paint chipping, stains, and scratches throughout; minor warping and buckling to the canvas; examined under UV light, no apparent retouching to note.


25.5" W x 17.5" H x 1.75" D

- measures the frame; sight measures 21.5" W x 13.5" H.

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