Frank Enders (1860 - 1921)

Birth date: 11/4/1860 Death date: 6/27/1921  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: Milwaukee, Wiscosnin  
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Biographical Brief

1884-85 Panorama Painter, Northwestern Panorama Co. for Kindt & Gardner, Battle of Vicksburg.
One of the original founders of the Society of Milwaukee Artists (1900-1913) later known as Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors/Wisconsin Artists in all Media (WP&S) and now known as Wisconsin visual Artists (WVA).
Known for his paintings and etchings of Jones Island, in the late 19th century.


Frank Enders
Born 1860 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Frank Enders, the son of immigrant parents, began his art studies in Milwaukee under Henry (Heinrich) Vianden and worked in Henry Baumgartner's sign shop. In the late 1870's he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Munich, Germany.  He returned to Milwaukee in 1884 and worked for the Northwest Panorama Company with Louis Kindt & Thomas Gardner on "The Battle of Vicksburg." He was a faculty member at the Milwaukee Art Students' League, specializing in copper etchings. Enders was a versatile artist who produced portraits, murals, etchings, genre paintings and still lifes.
In the late 1880s he went to New York and took sketching tours to Colorado and New Mexico. He returned to Milwaukee in 1895, showing a strong relationship to the realistic and objective approach of the important German painter, Wilhelm Leibl. Enders' work was of a decidedly democratic nature. His slightly looser brush stroke provided less detailed forms within a subdued palette of browns and greens. His mid-career etchings and paintings often depicted the rustic and charming Wisconsin waterways and harbor scenes.
 In 1901, Enders helped to found the Society of Milwaukee Artists, later known as Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors.

Selected Group Exhibitions

After 1888 Several times in the
Milwaukee Industrial Expositions
1898  Omaha
Exhibition, Nebraska 
& after
Early annuals of Society of Milwaukee Artists 
1900-1913 University of
Chicago Art Institute, Illinois
1921 Exhibition of the Work of Wisconsin Artists and Crafters, Milwaukee Art Institute, Wisconsin
1981  Society of Milwaukee Artists 
1989 West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, Wisconsin
(now known as West Bend Art Museum), German
Academic Painters in Wisconsin
West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, Wisconsin
(now known as West Bend Art Museum):  Early Wisconsin Ambiance:  Environments & Landscapes by Wisconsin's Early
Artists 1880-1940
1996 Bergstrom-Mahler
Museum, Neenah,
Collecting the Art of Wisconsin:  The Early Years
2008-2009                    An Unfolding Story... Panorama Paintings in Milwaukee, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin
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