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 Louise Heuser Wueste  (1803 - 1875)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Louise Heuser Wueste was born June 6, 1805, in Gummersbach, Germany. She married Peter Wueste in 1824. When he died in 1832, and she had raised her three children, she began her study of art in the late 1840s with August Wilhelm Sohn and Friedrich Boser at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where she was living. A woman of enterprise and courage, Wueste went to Texas when in her fifties, wanting fresh experiences and to see her daughters who had moved there. She left Germany in October 1859, reaching San Antonio in January 1860.

Wueste established her studio there, advertising her desire to do portraits "in oil or drawing, as well as to give lessons in every branch of art." She painted a number of children, as she had done in Germany. She also painted landscapes and towns along the Texas-Mexico border, as well as portraits of southern Texas society. Some specific works include a pencil sketch of Indians on horseback with a travois; a charcoal drawing of a Confederate army camp in Texas, and several drawings of Eagle Pass. Wueste's painting of a Mexican girl of the Rio Grande, her last extant work, was executed in Eagle Pass in the summer of 1874, the year of her death on September 25th.

Until 1864, she lived in both Pleasanton, where her daughters lived, and San Antonio, before moving, with her son, to Piedras Negras, Mexico, and briefly to Galveston and Brownsville, before returning to San Antonio in 1867. In the same year, she went to Eagle Pass, across the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras. Between 1869 and her death, she lived mainly in Eagle Pass and San Antonio. Wueste traveled widely by stagecoach during her fourteen years in Texas, often through country threatened by bandits and hostile Indians

Wueste's work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; and the Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio.

Reference works containing information on the life and art of Louise Wueste include: Groce & Wallace; Gerdts 2; Petteys; Dawdy 1; Samuels & Samuels, Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia; O'Brien; Pinckney; Utterbach; Geue; Steinfeldt; McGuire; San Antonio Herald, 8 May 1860; B. Kahle (great-great-granddaughter), 1990; J. P. McGuire (University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio), 1990.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

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