Alexander Francois Loemans
Alexander Francois Loemans created sweeping vistas of the northern United States and Canada in the mid-nineteenth century. Born in the Netherlands, Loemans is believed to have trained in France before settling in North America. From there, he moved between the United States and Canada, painting in New York, Boston, Minnesota, Ontario, Manitoba, and Vancouver. The majority of his landscapes were created along the Hudson River, in the Sierra Mountains, or at St. Anthony Falls on the Minnesota River. Featuring towering mountains, thundering waterfalls, and stormy skies, Loemans’ paintings reveal a grand, dramatic vision akin to that of Albert Bierstadt and Hermann Herzog. Loemans exhibited alongside such artists at the National Academy of Design during the 1870’s; his work is now in museums throughout the United States and Canada, including the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina, the Musee de Beaux Arts in Montreal, The New Brunswick Museum, and The National Gallery of Canada.