Gustavus Frankenstein (1827-1893)

  • Milky Lake, Alps
  • Oil on canvas
  • 11 x 15 ¼ inches
  • Signed at lower right and inscribed on verso

In addition to being a landscape painter and art teacher, Gustavus Frankenstein was a mathematician, author, clockmaker, and botanist. Born Gustav Ludwig Tracht in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, his name was changed to Gustavus Frankenstein upon his family's immigration to the United States in 1831. Gustavus worked first as a typesetter, then as an art teacher at the Springfield Female Seminary during the 1860s alongside his brother, Godfrey. Frankenstein and his brother traveled to Europe together in 1867, visiting England and various points in the Alps. From this trip Frankenstein produced a number of alpine scenes, one of which was exhibited at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition in 1875.

Milky Lake, Alps was likely painted during Frankenstein's travels in the Alps during the late 1860s, as the inscription on the stretcher indicates it was “painted originally from nature.”

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