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Trail of Tears - Painting by Robert Lindneux

Robert Ottakar Lindneux (1871-1970) was an American painter best known for his western genre and portrait paintings. As a young man, he studied in Europe under Benjamin Vautier at the National Academy of Art in Düsseldorf.  He also attended classes at The Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Academy in Munich where he studied with Frank Stuck.

Returning to America in 1899, Lindneux traveled west and eventually settled in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado environment greatly inspired him and his best works were painted there. During his lifetime, Lindneux attained mostly local recognition. However, after his death in 1970, his fame has steadily increased.

Lindneux was a member of the Royal Society of Artists and his work is recognized in many private collections and museums, including the Thomas Gilcrease Institute, the Whitney Gallery of Western American Art, the Frank Phillips Museum, the Colorado Historical Society, the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which houses one painting and seventeen of his drawings. His most famous work, The Trail of Tears, was painted in 1942 and is on display in the
Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.



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