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 William Wild  (1875 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: New York / Germany      Known for: painting, commercial art, naturalist, entomology, photography

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William  Wild
"Landscape with Farm on a Hill', 10" x 12", Oil on canvas board
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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
William Wild (German-American, 1875-1966) was a painter, commercial artist, naturalist, entomological research associate, author and photographer. Wild is primarily known for his landscape paintings in oil and watercolor, still life, and for his vast research in the field of entomology along with wildlife and insect drawings, sketches and paintings.

William Wild was born in Germany where he attended grammar school and later studied decorative painting under J. Sprissler. After immigrating to the United States in 1892, he settled in Buffalo, NY and studied at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts.  He married Katherine B. (née Ertel, 1876-) of Buffalo, NY on December 17, 1902, and they had one son Carl William (1906-).  In 1910, the family moved to East Aurora, NY, where they resided and maintained his art studio at 249 Walnut Street. William died February 1, 1966 in East Aurora at the age of 91.

Wild was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, exhibiting at the Albright Art Gallery, as well as with the Buffalo Arts Club (co-founder) where he had several private exhibitions, and the East Aurora Paint and Varnish Club. He also exhibited in a solo show of nature subjects at the Museum of Natural Science, Buffalo, NY (1922) through the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. Circa 1910, Wild was also an active member and exhibited with the Saturday Sketch Club in Spring Brook, NY.  Other notable Buffalo artists in the Saturday Sketch Club included J.J. Lankes (American, 1884-1960) who founded the club in 1910, William J. Schwanekamp (American, 1893-1970), Edgar Kowalski (American, 1891-1968), and the well known instructor of the Buffalo Arts Guild School Ernest George Fosbery (Canadian, 1874-1960).

Apart from his art associations, he was also an avid naturalist who was a research associate in the Entomology Department at the Buffalo Museum of Science. He was an active member of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, American Entomological Society, and the Buffalo Botanical Society. He regularly submitted and published new species identifications, as well as entomological camera lucida drawings, sketches and paintings in various entomological news journals, science bulletins and books. Some publications include: Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Volume 9 (1908), Annals of the Entomological Society of America (Quarterly, 1913), the Entomological News and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1915), Hobbies (1922), Seventy-five Years; A History of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, 1861-1936 (1938), and Tracks and Trailcraft (1948). In addition, he has authored several publications such as: The Butterflies of the Niagara Frontier region, and beginner’s guide for collecting, rearing and preserving them…(1939) and Household insect pests usually found in the Niagara Frontier region (1960).
 
Chronology:

1875- Born, January 10, Germany.

Circa early 1890’s- Studied decorative painting under J. Sprissler, Germany.

1892- He immigrated to the United States and settled in Buffalo, NY and lived with his brother Anton Wild.

Circa early-mid 1890’s- Studied at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, Buffalo, NY.

1902- December 17, William married Katherine B. (née Ertel, 1876-) of Buffalo, NY.

1906- Their son Carl William was born, Buffalo, NY.

1908- Spring, exhibited, group show, “Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of the Buffalo Society of Artists”, for the painting “Ruffed Grouse”, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1910- Spring, exhibited, group show, “Sixteenth Annual Exhibition of the Buffalo Society of Artists”, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Moved to East Aurora, NY and resided & maintained his art studio at 249 Walnut Street.

1911- Spring, exhibited, group show, “Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of the Buffalo Society of Artists”, two landscapes, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. December, exhibited, group show, Saturday Sketch Club, held in the rooms of the Buffalo Camera Club, Buffalo, NY.

1922- March, exhibited, group show, an exhibit of cover designs, six artists represented including William Wild, George Bender, William Schindler, Carl L. Bredemeier, Irene H. Rosinska and Phillis Potter, 276 pieces shown, Lafayette Hotel, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, solo show of watercolor landscape studies, through the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Museum of Natural Science, Buffalo, NY.

1926- Exhibited, group show, “32nd Annual Exhibition of the Buffalo Society of Artists”, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

By 1928- Was an active member in the Paint and Varnish Club of East Aurora, NY, along with several other notable Buffalo artists including its founder Alexis Jean Fournier, Margaret Evans Price, Merle James, Walter and Rixford "Rix" Jennings, Karl Kipp, Robert North, Charles Rohrbach, and George Scheidemantel.

1931- October-November, exhibited, group show, “Hobby Fair”, nature field photographs shown, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY.

1966- Died, February 1, East Aurora, NY.

Memberships: Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY; Buffalo Arts Club (co-founder), Buffalo, NY; Saturday Sketch Club, Spring Brook, NY; Paint and Varnish Club, East Aurora, NY; Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Buffalo, NY; American Entomological Society, Buffalo, NY; and the Buffalo Botanical Society, Buffalo, NY.

(Rewritten in parts & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, meibohmfinearts.com, 11/2011, Sources: Too long to list here and are furnished upon request.)


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