Carl Rungius




Berlin, Germany


Wildlife and landscape painting, illustration, etching

Born near Berlin, Germany, Carl Rungius became one of America’s most noted wildlife artists, usually working in plein air or directly from nature.  His grandfather was a taxidermist and animal hunter, which gave him early exposure to this subject matter.  He was also a hunter of big game from childhood, and eventually his lifestyle merged with his art.

He studied art in Berlin at the Berlin School of Art, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the School of Applied Arts, and one of his teachers was Paul Meyerheim.  His career as a painter began in Berlin in 1889, and much of his early work was in the style of German Romanticism and Realism.