William Wendt (1865-1946)
We are especially interested in buying artwork by William Wendt.
William Wendt was one of the most important artists to live and work in Laguna Beach. Born in Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1880, settling in Chicago. He and his wife, sculptor Julia Bracken, moved to Los Angeles in 1906 and built a studio-home in Laguna in 1918. His vision, style, and expression—a rigorous and disciplined mix of academicism and impressionism—would change little during his California years. Indeed, it was the combination of his consistency, confidence, experience, and impressive painting skills that almost instantly made Wendt the leader of Southern California’s emerging visual arts culture. From the outset, his authoritative landscape paintings—vistas that all Southern Californians knew—celebrated clarity and solidity, cleanliness and truth.