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History Sandwiched In: Wisconsin in Watercolor - The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

12:15-1 pm

EnlargeWisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert by Joe Kapler


Join Wisconsin Historical Society curator and author Joe Kapler as he discusses his new book Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert

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 context for his 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.

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Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703

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Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square

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