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."
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.
Wendt built his studio in Laguna Beach, California. A Laguna street, Wendt Terrace, bears his name.
- Sole winner of an award at the first Chicago and vicinity annual exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, 1897
- Bronze Medal, Buffalo Exposition, 1901
- Kirchberger Prize, Chicago Art Institute, 1913
- Silver Medal, San Francisco Exposition, 1915
- Black Prize, California Art Club,1916
- Ranger Purchase Prize, National Academy of Design, 1926
Galleries and public collections
- William Wendt Gallery of Art
- Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California
- Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
- Laguna Art Museum
- Irvine Museum, Irvine, California
- Pasadena Art Museum, California
- Richmond Art Museum, Indiana
- William A. Karges Fine Art
- 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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- Guide to the William Wendt Letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
- William Wendt Oil Paintings at AllPainter.com