William Wendt, German, (1865-1946), artist
Untitled Landscape, c. 1890
Oil on canvas
28-1/4 x 32-3/8 in. (framed)
Gift of Frances Welsh Lloyd Wright, 1977.05.02
Photographer: Philip Mrozinski
This signed painting was prominently displayed in the living room of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park home. Wright's choice of a pure landscape painting fits with his desire to integrate the natural world into his architectural interiors.
The painting is framed in a gilded double frame constructed of quarter-sawn oak. The frame with its dentil detailing is believed to have been designed by Wright while he was in the employ of Louis Sullivan, circa 1890.Wendt began his full-time career as an artist in Chicago in the 1890s. After 1906, Wendt moved to California and established himself as one of Southern California's most accomplished landscape painters.