Olaf Carl Wieghorst


Olaf Carl Wieghorst


Viborg, Denmark


Western-Indian-genre, horses

Born in Viborg, Denmark, Olaf Wieghorst was a child acrobatic performer from the age of nine when he began appearances at Tivoli Theater in Copenhagen and later toured Europe. He also learned horseback riding working on a stock farm, and horses became a major focus of his admiration and later his painting.

In 1918, he arrived in the United States, having worked as a cabin boy on a steamer. He served in the 5th U.S. Cavalry on the Mexican border in the days of Pancho Villa. He later wandered extensively through the West sometimes on horseback, finding work in Arizona and New Mexico as a cowboy. Then he went to New York and served as a mounted policeman until 1944. He began painting in his spare time, and he was successful enough that his work was represented by the Grand Central Art Galleries of the Biltmore Hotel.

Sold At Lone Star Art Auction

Olaf Carl Wieghorst – Vaquero
Olaf Carl Wieghorst
(1899 – 1988)


pen, ink and watercolor on paper
10.25 x 7.75 inches
Sold for: $3,300
Olaf Carl Wieghorst – Indian Scout
Olaf Carl Wieghorst
(1899 – 1988)

Indian Scout

, 1958
oil on board
14 x 12 inches
Sold for: $9,600