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The Lone Wolf

Updated on June 26, 2012

The Lone Wolf by Alfred Von Wierusz-Kowalski

The majority of the lone wolf pictures that we see today are recreations of the oil on canvas paintings by artist Victor Wierusz-Kowalski also known asAlfred von Wierusz-Kowalski. The Polish artists paintings received prestigious metals making him sought after by many collectors and German art dealers. Wierusz-Kowalski lived in Munich Germany were he studied at Munich Academy of Fine Arts for a year and then worked under Josef Brandt. He went onto become an honorary professor at his alameda Munich Academy of Fine Arts. His work can still be found in some Polish museums.

Reproductions of, The Lone Wolf , were some of the most popular in 1920’s. Victor Wierusz-Kowalski perished in 1915, before the Lone Wolf reproductions became so popular in German markets.

Most likely, if you have one of The Lone Wolf pictures by Wierusz-Kowalski’s it is from the vast amount recreated in the 1920’s. How do you know if you are buying or selling a 1920’s print. First look for an antique frame with either nails or staples holding on the backing. Many copies by different artists have also turned up being mistaken for The Lone Wolf. Keep in mind that the equipment available for reproduction in the 1920’s failed to duplicate the vibrant colors the original painting contained.

Depending on how thrifty and lucky you are, either a framed 1920’s reproduction or a framed newly printed picture should cost nearly the same around, $50.00 to $100.00. Antique’s are preferred by some people and if purchased at a fair price they will always hold their value. The resell value of the antique picture is definitely a perk, however, so is advanced technology that offers vivid color with sharp definition. A copy made on a modern press would offer a much closer rendition of the original, allowing you to view the use of color by the talented Victor Wierusz-Kowalski’s.

If you have a paintings or print by Wierusz-Kowalski dated prior to his death in 1915 you would want to contact an expert to have it authenticated as Wierusz-Kowalski's 18th century work can bring well over $100,000.



See some of the amazing oil on canvas by Victor Wierusz-Kowalsk Below

Paintings by artist Victor Wierusz-Kowalski

The Wolf
The Wolf
A Mare and her Foal in a Landscape
A Mare and her Foal in a Landscape
A Journey In Winter
A Journey In Winter
Der Gutsherr
Der Gutsherr
For Hunting
For Hunting
Wolves in pursuit
Wolves in pursuit
Troika pursued by wolves
Troika pursued by wolves
Lovers in a sleigh
Lovers in a sleigh
The wedding party
The wedding party
Off to Market
Off to Market

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      Stamper 15 months ago

      I have one of these prints. It is stamped on the back with the Kowalski name and is numbered 1414. How many were printed?

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      Kim 2 years ago

      It appears that Wierusz-Kowalski painted at least four different versions of this subject, in various sizes, with the wolf looking left and right. His painting that appears to have inspired the reproduction was painted circa 1890, and was offered at a Christie's New York auction October 12, 2011, estimated at $ 50,000. to $ 70,000. and failed to sell. It was reoffered April 23, 2012 and did sell for $ 22,500. It seems like a small price for a painting that in the past was so popular. Another highly reproduced image is " Pharaoh's Horses ", painted in 1848 by John Frederick Herring, Sr. It is in a circular format and hard to walk into an antique mall today that doesn't have a copy for sale.

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      Wow , beautiful pictures.. very original!

      great hub Angela:)

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      Debbie Orris 4 years ago

      I have an old signed Kowalski Lone Wolf print framed in Chicago before he died but the wolf's looking down to right the right at the the town below. ?

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      dwachira : Thank you and I am happy to do the same for you!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I doubt if we still have great artists today li Kowalski. I like those oil on canvas, they are really a great art. Voted up, useful and shared with followers and at Stumbleupon. Thanks.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      unknown spy thank you for your sweet comment!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This hub is very interesting. The photos were great. You really rockz Ang!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Dahogllund: Thank you! You are the best.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Angela. I did not know of this painter and find your hub very interesting. I've shared it with stumbleupon, facebook, twitter and my followers

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Daughter Of Maat Always love to see my favorite hubber thanks again for sharing!

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Oh I love the lone wolf, there's just something about it that resonates with me. Great hub, voted up and shared!!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Oh to have the gift of a truly amazing painter like this. The wolf is an amazing animal and these painting do it justice.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Wonderful writing here and one that I have found to be of great interest. Being an old Northerner from back when I have had the privilege of watching the wolf in the wild. It is a sight that stays with you for many years. The wolf has been painted with a brush he does not deserve.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Yes is he quite amazing. Thanks for reading!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thanks so much!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you so much1

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I also love, am obsessed with horses!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thanks Deborah, I have read some of your great hubs.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you for reading the article and the appreciation for the art!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you so much and I look forward to sharing articles!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      You are so welcome! Have a greatday!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Yes he is unbelievable!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, Angela. I "know" how difficult painting can be and I am astounded at the degree of every minute detail. He was a fearless painter. I am certain that paints and brushes in the 1800's were not what they are today, either.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Let me know if you find futher information on him. what I found was sparse possible because he painted in the 1800's.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, I love to paint with oils on canvas, but I am ashamed to say I am not familiar with this spectacular artist. The realism he protrays is magnificent. I am going to research him further. Thank you for this beautiful introduction, Angela!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      you are welcome :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      :)thanks!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Sure I'll try to find it out and tell you when I get something on him :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Angela, what a gifted artist - I particularly like the horse pictures and the lone wolf.

      Thank you for an excellent article, voting up.

      Welcome to hubpages!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank You!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some wonderful painting evoking the Old West. Was not aware of this artist -- thanks for the education. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Please let me know what you find out!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Beautiful paintings, I have heard about lone wolf paintings and now after reading about it I was exited about knowing more. I don't have any lone wolf painting dating prior his death but if I ever come across one I'll make sure to get it authenticated $100,000 is a lot. hehe nice read voted up and beautiful

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you.... yes an amazing artist!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      This is wonderfully written. I love the paintings.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      He is amazing!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      The wolf , The most misunderstood ,the most persecuteed, the most hunted animal on earth , yet never an enemy of the man that persues him. And the horse .What can be said about the his story of horses that hasent already been said! Have you ever hear of Monty Roberts , I love reading of his history with horses. Buck Brennegan, another awesome horseman!...Awesome hub by the way . I love this style of painting!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Welcome to the hub I am so glad to meet you and I love your hubs.. this hub is excellent and I love the pictures.. I am involved in trying to save the wolves.. they are so beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing

      Blessing and sharing

      I am Deborah Brooks Langford on facebook

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Angela, What an interesting, informative, useful discussion of "The Lone Wolf" and other Wierusz-Kowalski art works! In particular, I like the indications you give regarding the 1920s prints. Also, your ending with samples of the artist's famous works is much appreciated.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing and with a big Welcome to HubPages, Derdriu

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Angela,

      What a wonderful and impressive introduction this is for me to welcome you to HubPages!

      Thank you for exposing me to a fabulous artist, Kowalski, painting on subjects so near to my heart as well...

      Like Rosemay above, I have just come from reading our resident Western fiction amazing hubster, WILL STAR's latest chapter on the Wolf, so I was naturally pulled to your content as well.

      Your work is lovely and I look forward to reading much more.

      Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I had never heard of Alfred Von Wierusz-Kowalski, but seen the reproduction of the Lone Wolf. Thanks for sharing the great paintings.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Yes around 132 years ago and his art is still amazing!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful artist. Thanks for explaining more about The Lone Wolf for me. Your hub is great and you are going to do well at HP!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I will definitely put that on my list to watch. They are amazing animals.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      This is very interesting. I have always been fascinated by wolves. There are quite the many reasons why there are lone wolves out there; you should definitely watch the documentary "Living With Wolves" since it goes, in depth, about the nature of wolves. I do have to say, this artist is extravagantly talented and perfectly captured the essence of what a lone wolf is like in his paintings. Amazing job with this information, as well, Angela :)

      -KD

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I love the "Wolves in pursuit" painting! And the first one too, "The Wolf". I had never seen these before. Thank You for sharing this with us. Cheers!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Angela - First off - Welcome. I too, am new here and it is a pleasure to connect. I enjoy learning about any and all subjects and this is no exception. This artist's depictions are stunning to the eye. Although my love is poetry, this area of the arts holds such a fondness for me. My Nana painted until she passed at 101, my brother was an artist and so is my sister. These are such beautiful illustrations of his creations. Also - the wolf stirs my ancestrial heritage. I look forward to following you.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting Hub! I knew nothing of this artist except that I recognized the lone Wolf from a picture on the wall of a boyhood friend of mine in West Texas. I guess that story could be the subject of a Hub.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is amazing art. There is a certain mystery about the wolf that is difficult to capture. The tones convey that mystery in these paintings. And the horses are wondrous creatures..their power and energy causes me to stop and gaze each time I see them here in horse country. What a teasure it would be to have one of these paintings in my home. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you so much for your advice!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      What beautiful art, I am a lone wolf and a Desperado. The persona fits me well. I am at one with the wolf and have seen them up front and personal. Beautiful creature and one that must be respected. This wonderful painter captured the wolf with his brush and colors magnificently. Voted Up and all buttons pressed but not the funny one:-) Thank you for sharing this masters work with us here.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you Peggy and have a great day!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Welcome to HubPages. I was unfamiliar with this artist so appreciated learning about him. Tip: You might wish to attribute the photos to the source. It sounds like you and your daughter have a lot of fun riding horses. I think it is a common dream to have a horse of one's own. I grew up with dogs and cats in my family and presently have 2 cats and 1 dog. I liked all of the scenery with animals in the paintings. Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nice art. I wish I had some of these prints.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      I love antiques, and although I admire their value, I never buy any. I am familiar with Wierusz-Kowalski's work - an extremely talented artist. Thanks for sharing these interesting facts. :D

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Talented artist... nice of you to share his work!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      He is a talented artist, I love these pictures, voted up! cheers nell

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      He is a wonderful painter of horses and Wolfs. Voted up and interesting.

      Welcome to Hubpages and thank you for following me i'll be following you.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I spend so much of my time with horses. My daughter competes in pony club games, does hunt jump, and I have many friend that we drive with and trail ride. So they contribute so much to my life. Wolves are very intriging. I have just posted an article called free money and everyone I know that has checked was able to find money for themselves or someone they know. So please for yourself! :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      He is amazing artisit and I have been in love with horses have been since I first saw one. I told everyone as a toddler that when I grew up I was going to marry a horse. At age 43 I finally got a horse of my own. Now my daughter that has the same obsession is realizing her dreams. :) Yes I had the same thought about artists popularity after death as I researched the article.

      He is amazing artisit and I have been in love with horses have been since I first saw one. I told everyone as a toddler that when I grew up I was going to marry a horse. At age 43 I finally got a horse of my own. Now my daughter that has the same obsession is realizing her dreams. :) Yes I had the same thought about artists popularity after death as I researched the article.He is amazing artisit and I have been in love with horses have been since I first saw one. I told everyone as a toddler that when I grew up I was going to marry a horse. At age 43 I finally got a horse of my own. Now my daughter that has the same obsession is realizing her dreams. :) Yes I had the same thought about artists popularity after death as I researched the article. I have just posted an article called free money and everyone I know that has checked was able to find money for themselves or someone they know. So please for yourself! :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      visit my hub: Money for free!

      You will find money in less than an hour!

      Today is the day to smile or at least experience a bright spot in your day. Take a few minutes from reading, writing, working or whatever it is that drew you into cyberspace today. Lets find some cash, money, dinero, lout, fat wallet, bulging pocketbook!

      I will read some more of your poetry as well!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      He is amazing artisit and I have been in love with horses have been since I first saw one. I told everyone as a toddler that when I grew up I was going to marry a horse. At age 43 I finally got a horse of my own. Now my daughter that has the same obsession is realizing her dreams. :) Yes I had the same thought about artists popularity after death as I researched the article.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Firstly welcome to Hubpages.

      I have just come from reading a story about a wolf so this is quite a coinsidence.

      He is a wonderful artist, especially the horses, he has captured the movement well. The 'Wolves in pursuit' is fabulous. It is a great shame that the value of an artist's work is never recognised before his death.

      A wonderful hub, thank for sharing this artist's work with us.

      Voting UP plus

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Wonderful photo gallery! In all cultures, horses have been the greatest contributors to civilization. The symbol meanings of horse animals are power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength and freedom so no wonder they were an inspiration to many painters throughout history.

      A wolf is regarded as one of the most powerful spirit guides in many cultures, although in some, it is associated to negative symbols. There is something very mistical about wolves. They are dangerous, but beautiful animals.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub, Angela. like the paintings. will check my attic , who knows might find one in there.

      do velvet ones count.?

      if you like love poetry check out my hub, there ain't no paintings on there but some cool pictures

      Michael

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Your welcome nice to meet you!!! Have enjoyed your hubbs!

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Hi Angela! Welcome to Hubpages! This artist is particularly gifted in his depictions of animals, especially horses and obviously wolves. He really can bring them to life.........just beautiful. Thanks for the follow!