Hermann Ottomar Herzog

Hermann Ottomar Herzog

Hermann Ottomar Herzog (1831–1932) was a prominent and prolific painter during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries in both Europe and America. An inveterate traveler, his numerous paintings depicting the varied geographical characteristics of the American landscape, notably in the West, helped to shape conceptions about the American landscape and national identity.

Born in Bremen, Germany, Herzog entered the important Düsseldorf Academy at seventeen years of age. Herzog achieved early success, and benefited from royal and noble patronage which allowed him to travel widely. In the late 1860s, after a trip to Norway, Herzog moved to Philadelphia. He continued his travels, journeying across the United States and Mexico. He painted while traveling across the Western United States, reaching California in 1873. He is noted for his series of paintings depicting the Yosemite Valley. Herzog also painted in Maine and Florida.


Hermann Herzog (1831–1932) Making Hay While the Sun Shines
Oil on canvas, 18⅛ x 24⅛ inches
Signed lower left: H. Herzog

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC