Carl Eytel Visual Artist
Carl Eytel (September 12, 1862 – September 17, 1925) was a German–American artist living in Palm Springs, California, who built his reputation for paintings and drawings of desert landscapes. Born as Karl Adolf Wilhelm Eytel to Tusnelda (née Schmid) and Friederick Hermann Eytel, a Lutheran minister in Württemberg, Germany. As a boy, Eytel became a ward of his grandfather when his father died. Eytel was well educated in the German gymnasium and became enamored of the American West while reading the works of Prussian natural science writer and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, which he found in the Stuttgart Royal Library. From 1880 to 1884 he studied forestry in Tübingen and then was drafted into the German army for a year. He first traveled to the United States in 1885 and worked as a ranch hand in Kansas. Later he worked at a slaughterhouse for 18 months to earn his living and to study cattle. In 1891, he read an article about the Palm Springs area in the San Francisco Call and was "incited" to visit the California desert. Eytel returned to Germany to study art for 18 months (1897–1898) at the Royal Art School Stuttgard and then re-immigrated to the United States.
|Date of death|
|September 17th, 1925 at age of 63|
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