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 Robert Ottokar Lindneux  (1871 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: frontier genre, portrait, animal

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Orphaned at an early age, Robert Lindneux was tutored privately in New York at the expense of an aunt. At the age of nine, his training in art began and at sixteen, the young artist traveled to Europe for further art instruction. While abroad, Lindneux studied at the National Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany, under Vautier; with Mokacsy at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris; and with Franz Stuck at the Academy in Munich.

Lindneux saw Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show in Paris in 1892. Robert met Cody and within a short period of time also met and befriended Rosa Bonheur. Lindneux admired Bonheur's full-length portrait of Buffalo Bill and was inspired to travel west.

Lindneux returned to the United States in 1893 with a plan to head west to paint. He spent a year in Boston painting portraits in an effort to earn the money he needed for his travels. In 1894, the artist visited Colorado for the first time and established Denver as a home base, painting in the area for approximately three years. He then traveled throughout Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana finding occasional work as a ranch hand to fund his journey. He was made an honorary chief by the Oglala Sioux with whom he stayed for a time. He also resided briefly with the Cheyenne and the Crow in Montana. Around the turn of the century, Lindneux befriended Charles Russell and the pair shared Russell's studio at Great Falls for several years.

In 1909, Lindneux opened a studio in Denver where he settled permanently. His work included many western scenes and Indian portraits. He also enjoyed painting his friend Buffalo Bill and one of his best known paintings, Buffalo Bill on Horseback, is housed in the museum at Bill's gravesite on top of Lookout Mountain in Colorado.

Lindneux lectured on Indians and was often referred to as the "Historian of the West". He was a charter member of the American Pioneer Trail Association and was also a member of the Colorado State Historical Society, the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum Association, and the Royal Society of Artists in London. Robert Lindneux remained in Denver until his death in 1970.

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David Cook Fine Art whose source was Peggy and Harold Samuels, "Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"


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