Carl August Sommer (1829-1894)

  • Carl (Charles) August Sommer (1829-1894)
  • Sunset in the Catskills, c. 1860
  • Oil on board
  • 6 ¾ x 13 ¼ inches
  • Signed lower left

Born in Germany in 1929, Charles Augustus Sommer is known for his paintings of the Catskill and Adirondack regions. While biographical details of Sommer’s life are scarce information gleaned from archival sources reveal that Sommer held a studio in New York City at 896 Broadway between 1867 and 1872 and was working as a landscape painter.

Sommer participated in three consecutive Winter Exhibitions held at the National Academy of Design between 1868 and 1870. His work included Cascade in the Adirondacks, Coast of Connecticut, Connecticut Shore and Tyrol Mountains.

In 1868, Leed’s Art Galleries on Broadway held an exhibition and sale of Sommer’s landscapes. Included in the sale were a few landscapes painted by the artist’s wife. Sommer’s work included scenes such as Morning at Catskill Clove and Cascade in the Adirondacks. A critic for the New York Daily Herald noted that Sommer’s paintings reveal, “…how faithfully he has studied the peculiarities of American scenery.”[1]

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Carl (Charles) August Sommer Sunset in the Catskills, c. 1860
Carl (Charles) August Sommer Sunlight in the Catskills, c. 1860