William Wendt

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Saddleback, Steven Stern Fine Arts

William Wendt (February 20, 1865, Bentzen, Kingdom of Prussia - December 29, 1946, Laguna Beach) was a German-born American landscape painter. He was called the "Dean of Southern California landscape painters."[1]

He emigrated to the United States in 1880, while still a teenager, and spent some time as a staff artist in Chicago. From 1894 to 1896, he travelled extensively with his friend, George Gardner Symons. He married the sculptor, Julia Bracken in 1906 and moved to California shortly thereafter.[1]

Wendt was a founding member of the California Art Club, along with his wife Julia, and served as its first president for six years.[1]

Wendt built his studio in Laguna Beach, California. A Laguna street, Wendt Terrace, bears his name.[2]


Selected paintings[edit]

Huddled Houses, Steven Stern

Galleries and public collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Biography @ the William Wendt Gallery.
  2. ^ Wendt Terrace @ Google Maps.
  3. ^ A Golden Anniversary for Chicago Art. Katharine Kuh. Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago Vol. 40, No. 4, Part I (Apr. – May, 1946), pp. 40–46; p. 41. Published by: The Art Institute of Chicago. [1]


  • Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California, 1786–1940, self-published, 1989 ISBN 978-0-9616112-1-7
  • South, Will (November 28, 2008). "William Wendt: Plein Air Painter of California". Laguna Art Museum: In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt. Resource Library.
  • John Alan Walker, Documents on the Life & Art of William Wendt, self-published, 1992.
  • Ruth Lily Westphal, Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland, self-published, 1996 ISBN 978-0-9610520-0-3

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Archival collections[edit]