Prins von Wied / Karl Bodmer

The printmaker, etcher and illustrator Karl Bodmer is probably best known for his highly accurate works of the American West, its landscapes and inhabitants, in the 19th century.

Born in Switzerland, Bodmer’s introduction to artistic exploration can be attributed to his uncle Johann Jakob Meier – a prominent engraver. At the age of 13, Meier began teaching Bodmer, taking him on artistic expeditions through Switzerland.

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