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I just acquired a print by Lorenz and have leanred a little that i can share. His bio is below. It appears that some (or maybe all) of his work was also printed on postcards.

This biography was submitted by Altermann Galleries
Richard Lorenz
Born: Voigtstaedt, Weimar, Germany 1858
Died: Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1915

Important European trained Western painter, illustrator, teacher

Lorenz began the study of art in Weimer at 15. He was the pupil of Brendel, Thedy and Hagen from 1874 to 1886, winning the Carl Alexander prize at Weimer in 1884 and exhibiting in Berlin and Munich. Lorenz immigrated to Milwaukee in 1886. He worked with William Wehner painting panoramas, specializing in horses.

In 1887, Lorenz quit Milwaukee to travel in the West. It is said that he became a Texas ranger during the "lawless" days of the frontier, getting an understanding of cowpunchers and "bad men." Lorenz returned to Milwaukee about 1890, teaching at the new School of Art and painting Western subjects from his sketches. Frank Tenney Johnson as Lorenz's most famous pupil credited him with the influence toward Western subjects. Lorenz visited Montana about 1898. His Last Glow of a Passing Nation was Custer's Last Stand from the viewpoint of the Sioux Indians. A Lorenz retrospective was held at the Milwaukee Art Center in 1966. It included 103 works, more than half Western.

Resource: SAMUELS' Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born on a farm in Voigstaedt, Weimar, Germany, he was a painter of dramatic western scenes, especially of the Plains Indian culture and the consequences of encounters with the white man's civilization. His most famous pupil was Frank Tenney Johnson.
As a young person in Germany, he determined to become a Biblical painter because he was fascinated by the subject of wandering, nomadic people in wilderness areas. At age 15, he began art study in Weimar including at the Royal Academy of Arts, where his work was recognized with several distinguished prizes. Heinrich Albert Brendel, famous European animal painter, was one of his influential teachers.
In 1886, he emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to join William Wehner and his group of panorama painters who did religious and historical subjects on canvases that were 25 X 350 feet. Lorenz specialized in horses, depicting them in every kind of activity and perspective.
From 1887 to 1890, he travelled and sketched in the West including Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and California, where he installed one of his panoramas in San Francisco. He returned to Milwaukee about 1890 and taught at the new School of Art and painted from his western sketches, especially storm scenes of the Great Plains. At this time, he settled into his trademark subject matter of scenes of the West as well as around Milwaukee that had unique lighting and a sense of an ever-expanding country. Milwaukee collectors found his work appealing, and it was widely exhibited.
In 1898, he returned West, painting at the Crow Reservation, and from this experience, he did his first Indian subjects inspired by stories he heard of the Sioux Massacre at Little Big Horn

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