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Charles Alfred Meurer Southern Harbor Scene Oil Painting

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Charles Alfred Meurer (Ohio/Germany, 1865 – 1955)
Untitled (southern harbor scene)
Oil painting on canvas
Estate stamp to verso

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.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- examined under UV light; minor abrasions and discolorations throughout; scuffs and wear to frame.


21.25" W x 17.25" H x 2.0" D

- measures frame; sight measures 17.5" W x 13.5" H.

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