Alaska State Museum

Juneau, AK



Spirit of the North: The Art of Eustace Paul Ziegler (1881-1969)


More than 100 works by Eustace Paul Ziegler, one of Alaska's most prolific and popular early artists, will be exhibited this summer and fall at the Alaska State Museum. The exhibit will be at the State Museum through October 2, 1999.

Ziegler, who is perhaps best known for his portraits of frontier characters including miners, priests, fishermen and Alaska Natives, came north in 1909 at age 27 to manage the Red Dragon, a community Episcopal mission in Cordova. His missionary work required extensive travel among the territory's mines and construction camps, which gave him grist for his art.

A contemporary of landscape artist Sydney Laurence, Ziegler is credited with inspiring other famous Alaska artists such as Theodore Lambert. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Ziegler's landscapes "compare favorably with those of Laurence, but his people pictures - illustrations, portraits, work scenes - explore Alaska's human side in a way that Laurence never approached."The Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia organized this exhibition. It includes oil paintings, watercolors, drypoints, etchings and examples of Ziegler's illustrative skill. The works come from more than 40 sources, including museums in Alaska and the Northwest and dozens of private collections across the country.

Kesler E. Woodward, Professor of Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, curated the exhibition. Woodward, a well-known Alaska artist, has written a catalog that accompanies the show. Ziegler's works were on display in Anchorage last summer and most recently were at the Morris Museum of Art in Georgia.

Eustace Paul Ziegler images from top to bottom (click on thumbnail images to enlarge them): Cordova Native, 1918, watercolor, 9 1/4 x 8 inches; Tanana Woman and Dog, n.d., oil on board, 20 x 16 inches.


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