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WIMAR, Karl Ferdinand (1828-1862), painter of Western Indians and buffaloes.  Born in Siegenburg, Germany, came to America at the age of 15, settled with his parents in St. Louis.  In 1846 he began studying painting with Leon Pomarede and went with his master on a trip up the Mississippi.  In 1851 he went to Düsseldorf to study with E. Leutze.  Wimar returned to St. Louis in 1856.  He primarily occupied himself with the themes of Indian life, buffalo herds, life in the Great Plains, the theme of the wagon trains.  He made three trips to the headwaters of the Mississippi.  In 1861 he executed mural paintings in the Rotunda of St. Louis Court House.

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