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CHORIS, Louis (1795-1828). Vue du port d'Ounalaschk [Aleutian Islands, Alaska]

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CHORIS, Louis (1795-1828).
Original Watercolor of Vue du port d'Ounalaschk 
Watercolor & pencil on wove paper, mounted on brown paper with title lower margin in ink, A study for the engraving of the same title.
c. 1816 (1822).
10 5/8" x 17 1/4" image, 13" x 19 1/4" visible, 24" x 30" framed.

Beautiful original watercolor and sketch of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

Louis Choris was born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire, now Dnipro, Ukraine to German-Russian parents on March 22, 1795. In 1816, he visited the Pacific and the west coast of North America on board the Russian expeditionary ship Rurik, serving as an artist with the Romanzoff expedition under the command of Lieutenant Otto von Kotzebue, which was tasked with exploring a northwest passage.

In terms of his work as an artist, Choris is said to have "painted nature as he found it. The essence of his art is truth; a fresh, vigorous view of life, and an originality in portrayal." His illustrations on the Romanzoff expedition are therefore likely to faithfully represent the subjects he painted. After the voyage of the Rurik, Choris went to Paris where he issued a portfolio of his drawings in lithographic reproduction and studied in the ateliers of Gerard and Regnault. Choris worked extensively in pastels and documented the Ohlone people in the missions of San Francisco, California in 1816. Choris left France in 1827 for South America and was killed by robbers on March 22, 1828, en route to Vera Cruz, Mexico.

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