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. Carl Eytel was born as Karl Adolf Wilhelm Eytel in Maichingen, Sindelfingen, Böblingen to Tusnelda (née Schmid) and Friederick Hermann Eytel, a Lutheran minister in the Kingdom of Württemberg (now the state of Baden-Württemberg, near Stuttgart), Germany. As a boy, he 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 aboard the Suevia 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  ( Wikipedia article )


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