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Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review

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Switzerland, Swiss history, European history

Abstract

Rudolph Friederich Kurz (January 8, 1818-October 16, 1871) was born in Langnau im Emmental located in the Bern Canton of Switzerland. His talents as an artist were cultivated from an early age, including an extended period of study in Paris where he met the brilliant scholar and explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt, and the renowned artist Karl Bodmer. On retrospect, no great effort is required to understand the influence of these early foundations on Kurz's deep attraction for the sublime aspects of the American frontier. Of note is the influence of the American wilderness on the minds and imaginations of fascinated observers worldwide at the time.

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