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Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert

Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert
Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert
Hardcover: $29.95
128 pages, 65 b/w and color photos, 9x9
ISBN: 978-0-87202-891-1

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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Price: $29.95
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By Joe Kapler

In 1867, German immigrant Paul Seifert settled in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin and began capturing the distinctive farms and landscapes of his new home in vivid, detailed watercolors. Today, these paintings are coveted by American folk art collectors across the country, but Seifert's life remains shrouded in mystery.

In this first book written about Paul Seifert, author Joe Kapler examines the life of this enigmatic artist and provides contest for hist extraordinary art. The book features high-quality reproductions of twenty-two Seifert watercolors (more than half of which have never been published) and many close-ups of his characteristic details from horses and hay wagons to dogs and dinner bells. Part art history treatment, part coffee table book, part research memoir, and part love letter to the Driftless area, Wisconsin in Watercolor shines a long-awaited light on Seifert and the land he so carefully rendered over a hundred years ago. 

Joe Kapler is lead curator at hte Wisconsin Historical Society. He has curated numerous major exhibitions, including the Society's 2014 exhibition on Seifert's art, Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Farmscapes of Paul Seifert. He holds a master's degree in American history from Marquette University and a master's degree in museum studies from Eastern Illinois University.