“The St. Johns River Entering the Atlantic Ocean” painted by Hermann Herzog stands in American Art as the most ascetically illustrative picture inspired in the Florida coastline. Although, this German American artist settled in Pennsylvania, he painted primarily landscapes inspired in the areas he visited. He traveled and painted throughout Florida, Maine, California and the Northeast side of the country coast.
Hermann Ottomar Herzog was a prominent artist born in Bremen, Germany in 1832.He was primarly known for his magnificents landscapes. While living in Germany he entered the Düsseldorf Academy at the age of seventeen. Herzog, painted in several countries of the European Continent, until he came to America in 1869. His early commercial success in Europe granted him clients among the nobility in Europe, among his most famous clientele were Queen Victoria and Grand Duke Alexander of Russia. In 1860, Herzog settled permannently near Philadelphia, he painted across the western states, arriving in California in 1873. From this trip he painted one his masterpieces a series of oil canvas inspired in Yosemite Valley. It was “Sentinel Rock” this collection that got him an award at the in 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. He is considered by many as part of the Hudson River School, although his art is more realistic and less dramatic than the artwork from his peers Frederick Edwin Church or Albert Bierstadt.
Herzog, created more than 1,000 paintings, within the most recognized ones are, "Women in a Tropical Setting", "Landscape with a Bear and her Cub", “Sentinel Rock”, “Brandywine River Museum”and “The St .Johns River Entering the Atlantic Ocean”.
He is one of the few artists, which did not depend on the sale of his artwork to support himself and he very seldom dated his collections. These days a number of prominent American and European museums include Herzog's work as part of their collections.
The primary motivation to his travels to Florida was to visit his son Herman Jr, who lived in Gainesville. However, scouring and painting the Palmetto hummocks (also called hammocks) of the gulf, and the waters and forests of undeveloped and uncultivated Florida. He included the wildlife of these areas by painting the deer, herons, razorbacks, bears and other denizens of untouched, lush tropics. It was this sense of his love of nature that inspires him to finish over 300 oil paintings of Florida. In actually, The Hermann Herzog Florida Project was regarded in order to collect and study only the Florida paintings by Herzog, as the primary purpose of Edward and Deborah Pollack, who wanted to focus attention by recognizing the art work of this painter who created glorious paintings of Florida.
“The St. Johns River Entering the Atlantic Ocean” was painted...