Charles Volkmar became an American landscape painter of international repute during the latter half of the nineteenth century. He was born in Maryland and inherited his family’s artistic genes; his grandfather was an engraver and his father a Dresden trained portraitist, etcher, and restorer. It was in Paris that Volkmar studied under the master sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre, and subsequently under leading Barbizon painter Joseph Henri Harpignies. Evidently, Bayre enhanced his ability to model two-dimensional form in paint and Harpignies imbued his brush with a lush softness in its approach to landscape.
Volkmar exhibited widely at the Paris Salon, National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Boston Art Club, Brooklyn Art Association, and the American Watercolor Society. He was also a noteworthy ceramic artist and was made a member of the Salmagundi and National Arts Clubs. Now his paintings are on view at the Peale Museum and the Washington County Museum of the Fine Arts.