Richard Lorenz

Voigtstedt, Germany 1858 — 1915 Milwaukee

One of many German immigrants who found professional opportunities in Wisconsin, Lorenz was explicitly recruited from the Weimar Academy of Fine Arts in 1886 to work for the American Panorama Company on their commissions to create theater-style panorama paintings that traveled the country. In his personal work, Lorenz focused on the character of his new homeland—especially the efforts that went into settling its vast and wild territory. He made numerous trips to the American West and became especially noted for his paintings of horses. In addition, Lorenz helped found the Society of Milwaukee Artists and taught at a number of Wisconsin art schools.