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44 Discovered artworks  •  ID: #262
As the eldest of nine children, Alfred Jacob Miller did not always have it easy. As the son of a trader and tavern owner, he had to help in the family business at an early age. His parents George and Harriet Miller enabled Alfred, born in 1810, to attend a private school in Baltimore, where his artistic talent was recognized, but simply no teacher was gifted enough to encourage his talent. He had his first painting lessons with Thomas Sully, a small portrait artist from Great Britain.

When it became clear that he was destined, as they say, for greater things, he moved to Paris to study art with the help of financial support from his family, friends and sponsors. Arriving in the city of love, he used every opportunity to get in touch with art. He taught an art class and copied paintings in the Louvre. After he had dealt extensively with the Parisian art scene, he went on a trip to Italy in 1833, like Goethe before him. He was fascinated by the beauty of the cities and Italian art, so he settled in Rome and continued his studies there. Alfred got to know the Danish sculptor and artist Bertel Thorwaldsen, who was 13 years older. He was a lasting inspiration to Alfred. According to Thorwaldsen, one must first experience something before one can express it artistically. This is how he himself had travelled half his life. In 1834 Alfred finally returned home, where, like his first teacher, he earned his living with portrait paintings. Due to a lack of customers he moved to New Orleans, where his new portrait studio was flooded with orders.

In his small studio, he was hired by the notorious adventurer Sir William Drummond Steward to accompany his expedition and capture the discoveries with a brush. With Thorwaldsen's voice in his ears, he set off for the west in May 1837, together with the expedition group. Alfred saw in the expedition a huge opportunity for his art. He was the first artist to reach the middle of the Rocky Mountains. On the journey, he tried to make up for everything on his return. He made hundreds of watercolours and ink drawings. Most of these watercolours show Indians and the miles of steppe. With the onset of winter the expedition returned home. Miller then spent his time turning the most beautiful of his quick watercolours and drawings into oil paintings. These were much sought after in New Orleans and beyond. They show a foreign, sometimes wild world, but also the beauty of the moment. It is these paintings that were to make Miller famous beyond his death. © Meisterdrucke


Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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1858 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | Watercolor on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
Undated | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1851 | Oil on canvas

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1839 | Oil on canvas

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1858 | Watercolor on paper

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1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
Sioux Indian Girl (wc und gouach...
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Sioux Indian Girl (wc und gouach...
0 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour heightened with white on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
Shooting a Cougar (wc und gouach...
Undated | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Shooting a Cougar (wc und gouach...
0 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1810 | Oil on canvas

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1810 | Oil on canvas

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
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Alfred Jacob Miller
Trappers Starting for the Beaver...
1837 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Trappers Starting for the Beaver...
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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
1837 | watercolour on paper

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Alfred Jacob Miller
 
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