Grand Canyon, Yellowstone River, Wyoming

A native of Pennsylvania, William Louis Sonntag spent his formative years as an artist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became regarded as the city’s most eminent landscape painter. In 1853, Sonntag made the first of several trips to Europe, traveling to Florence, Italy, with his friend and colleague, the landscape painter Robert Scott Duncanson. In […]

A View on Darby Creek

Unlike other landscape painters of his generation, Sonntag was fortunate not to fall out of public favor, largely because of his ability to adapt to changing tastes. By the late 1870s, Sonntag had begun to work in the style of the Barbizon School, a group of French artists who advocated painting directly from nature. Whereas […]