Greatest American Painters

Harold von Schmidt (1893 – 1982)

Posted by A. S. Amberson on July 30, 2012

Two Guys Fighting Over A Girl


Comanche Arrow

Chasing Woman

Skinny Dip

Custer’s Last Stand

Korean War Scene

George Washington

Bridge Bombed

Officers On Horses

Sam Houston


The Sutler’s Daughter

Rough Going Over The Sierras

Prospectors Panning For Gold

Gold Discovered At Sutter’s Mill

Buffalo Bill Cody

Girl Captive

Shooting It Out

Cavalry Charge

The Hawker, The Swagman And The Thief


In The Jungle

In San Francisco Life Was Gay

Getting Dressed

Mojave Kid

White Invader

I Could Take You

Romance Among The Flowers

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon


6 Responses to “Harold von Schmidt (1893 – 1982)”

  1. Bruce said

    Some disturbing thoughts:

    “Two Guys Fighting Over A Girl” – so, she is going to sit there (in the dust) with her embroidery while these two guys duke it out over her (thankfully, no gun belts are apparent, at least on the one fellow). She ain’t worth it.

    “Forgiven” – from his posture/positioning, I would add “and Whipped.”

    “Comanche Arrow” – effective, but far from heart-warming or something I would care to commemorate in painting (are these pictures stand-alones or story illustrations?).

    “Chasing Woman” – ditto.

    “Girl Captive” – ditto.

    “Shooting It Out” – Ah, nothing like painting some dude at the moment of getting shot dead in a duel.

    “Custer’s Last Stand” – see, the difference here is that this is historical, is a fight between supposedly equal foes (far from it, as it turned out), and Custer had it coming.

    “I Could Take You” – what, I am afraid to ask, is going on here?

    “Korean War Scene” – those are orphans on the porch, now doubt.

    “Crocodiles” – not for nothing, but what is the point of this (other than, again, is it a story illustration)? I hope the kid made it out of there alive.

    “George Washington” – daydreaming out the window instead of taking care of business? (No, I think it’s supposed to be portraying his longing for Mount Vernon.)

    “Sam Houston” – whitened his teeth in the middle of the 19th Century? Perhaps he forwent the usual coffee, tobacco, and whiskey habits common to his contemporaries.

    “In San Francisco Life Was Gay” – it was?

    “Getting Dressed” – those socks! Was he from San Francisco?

    There are some interesting things here, but no keepers.

    • Bruce said

      And another thing (I’m a bit cranky today, I guess):

      “Mojave Kid” – last time I looked, the Mojave Desert was in southwestern United States. There was a silent movie made in 1927 called “The Mojave Kid” and, from TCM’s description, it sounds like a Western. An American Western. In 1955, Louis L’Amour wrote a screenplay called “The One for the Mojave Kid” which DEFINITELY was a Western and which was adapted for a TV episode tiled “The Mojave Kid.” Those are the only references to “Mojave Kid” that I could find. So unless this a depiction of an actor and actress in Arabian costumes on the set of a foreign movie being filmed in the Mojave Desert, I don’t get this one, either. I am open to enlightenment.

      • Suzay Lamb said

        No enlightenment from me … also because I’m too busy laughing at your comments (and my Oscar goes to the one concerning the supposed San Franciscan getting dressed).

      • Bruce said

        I am happy to entertain you! I just hope that I am not spoiling your blog with my “thoughts.”🙂

  2. Kevin said

    Suzay… don’t know about SF habits (the guy getting dressed does look a little too happy), but … the “Girl Captive ” could easily be applied to the Oatman Massacre and Olive Oatman being carried away. Anyway, I’m going to use it for illustrating the story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Suzay Lamb said

      Olive Oatman was 13 when she was abducted. The girl in Schmidt’s illustration looks younger. But the artist’s inspiration may well refer to that episode.

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