"William Wendt was born on February 20, 1865 in Bentzen, Germany and died in Laguna Beach, California on December 29, 1946. In 1880, at the age of fifteen, Wendt immigrated to the United States and worked in Chicago as a staff artist where he painted formula pictures. In his free time the young Wendt displayed a love for easel painting and began to develop a personal style of painting.
In 1894 and 1896, Wendt traveled and painted with his friend George Gardner Symons visting England and California, and later traveled to the East Coast, Germany and France. He married the sculptress Julia Bracken in 1906, and he and his bride then made the decision to move to California.
Traveling to the hard to reach areas of the California countryside for inspiration, Wendt painted canvases graced with trees, rolling hills, blue skies and farmhouses. His earlier works have been termed tranquil and lyrical while his later works evolved to show bold and broad brushstrokes with ***** *****s and browns.
Highly regarded in California and nationally, he earned the title of "the dean of Southern California artists".
In 1911, William Wendt became the first president of the California Art Club, and he also held memberships at: the American Federation of Arts, the Chicago Society of Artists, Laguna Beach Art Association, National Academy and the National Arts Club of New York.
He exhibited and sold his works successfully for thirty years at major galleries in California, Chicago, Boston and New York. He won numerous awards during his career:
Second Yerkes Prize,
Chicago Society of Artists,
Bronze Medal, Buffalo Exposition
Cahn Prize, Chicago Art Institute
Kirchberger Prize, Chicago Art Institute
Silver Medal, San Francisco Exposition, 1915
Black Prize, California Art Club, 1916
Ranger Purchase Prize, National Academy of Design, 1926
His works can be found in the following museums: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brigham Young University, Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum."
William Wendt sometimes signed his paintings like yours - WM Wendt - as well as William Wendt.
When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.
We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.
Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.
Using this widely accepted method of assessment, I was able to determine an auction value of $15,000-18,000 for your William Wendt painting, assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.
The gallery that can be found at the address
www.williamwendtgallery.com buys and sells Wendt paintings.
As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.
If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -
The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to estimated retail try the following -
Try ads on sites such as
Some like Etsy.com where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small - 20 cents to list an item plus 3.5% of the final price.
Or list with no fees whatsoever:
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