John Henry Niemeyer

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John Henry Niemeyer (born in Bremen, Germany, 25 June 1839; died 7 December 1932[1]) was a German-born painter who worked in the United States. He taught drawing at Yale University for over 30 years.


He came to the United States in 1843 or 1846, residing in Cincinnati. In 1860, he was studying painting in New York City. From 1866 to 1870, he was in France where he studied in Paris under Jean-Léon Gérôme and Adolphe Yvon at the École des Beaux Arts, in the studio of Louis Jacquesson de la Chevreuse, and also in that of Sebastian Cornu. He received three medals in the government schools of Paris.

After his studies in Europe, he was appointed in 1871 professor of drawing in the Yale School of Fine Arts, where he remained until 1908. Among his students were Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Frederick Remington.[citation needed]


  • Gutenberg inventing Movable Type” (1862)
  • a portrait of Theodore D. Woolsey (1876)
  • “The Braid”
  • “Where?”
  • “Why?” (1880)
  • “Sancta Simplicitas” (1882)

He also executed some bas reliefs, among them a large medallion portrait of William M. Hunt (1883) and “Lilith tempting Eve” (1883).


  1. ^ "Subjects of Biographies". Dictionary of American Biography. Comprehensive Index. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1990.