Rudolph F. Ingerle
Rudolph Frank Ingerle (14 April 1879 - 20 October 1950) was an American landscape artiste of European origin.
He was born in Vienna, Austria to a daddy from Moravia, now portion of the Czech Republic, but moved afterward his family at the age of 12 to Burlington, Wisconsin, USA and then to Chicago, where he was naturalized in 1895. In Chicago he attended classes at the John Francis Smith Art Academy and along with took night classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In the further on 1900s he joined with Indiana artiste T.C. Steele and others to form the Indiana School of Painting in Brown County.
He made his first trip to the Ozark mountains in 1920 and eventually moved to enliven and measure there, co-founding the Society of Ozark Painters. He painted so many dramatic images of the mountains and mountain liveliness that he became known as the “Painter of the Smokies” and held several one-man shows at prominent museums in the region, such as the Mint Museum in Charlotte and the Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina. He and his colleagues actively supported the local people in their fight against the damaging activities of the logging companies, campaigning in view of that effectively that in 1934 the U.S. Government established the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Ingerle afterward maintained a studio in Chicago and served as president of the influential Chicago Society of Artists for several years. He was awarded a Logan medal for Sanity in Art in 1938 by the Society for Sanity in Art.
He died in 1950. He had married Marie Vasut in 1904 and had at least one son.