Carl Rungius, 1869 - 1959
Carl Rungius was born in Rixdorf, (now Berlin), Germany. Most of his childhood was spent in he countryside village of Britz. Even from an early age, Rungius was interested in hunting, knew he wanted to be a wildlife artist and studied art intensely in Berlin at three different academies.
So, in 1894, when he received an invitation from his uncle to hunt Moose in Maine, Rungius leaped at the opportunity. The visit would change his life.
He established a studio in NYC that year and traveled to Wyoming. For five months he stalked game and made detailed studies of his trophies. He returned to Wyoming every summer and fall from 1896 through to 1902 (except for 1901), and then again in 1915 and 1920.
Rungius was a naturalist with a vast knowledge of anatomy with a good eye for composition and color. Direct observation in nature was necessary to enhance his knowledge of animals and their environment. He often painted grizzly bears, moose and caribou and occasionally cowboys. His work has become a valuable record of the natural history from Arizona to Alaska. His artwork was in high demand, as zoos had not yet been established, and photography was still not widespread.
In 1959, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary Alberta purchased the entire Rungius estate including paintings, sketches, photographs, personal belongings and mementos, and the entire contents of his Banff and New York studios. This huge collection of 1,404 items makes Glenbow Museum the premier research centre in the world for Rungius scholars.
Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, USA
The Feckless Collection, Vancouver, BC