Charles R. Hall, Artist

If you run across any paintings of livestock in the Nodaway County area, check the signature – you might have an original Charles R. Hall.

From the December 19, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:

Artist Formerly Nodaway Boy

Charles R. Hall, of Seattle, Wash., an artist, came in on the train Monday morning, on his way to the farms of F. C. Barber & Sons, west of town, where he expects to make sketches of some of their fine Shorthorn animals, in order to make some paintings of them.

He has been located at Clearmont for several months, during which time he made several paintings for the Caldwells, near Burlington Junction, of some of their choice Aberdeen-Angus cattle, also a painting which shows their residence and other buildings.

Mr. Hall and two brothers, D. J. and Virgil, formerly lived in and around Clearmont, Elmo, Dawsonville, and the ruins of Possum Walk drifting hither and yon as the fancy or favor of fortune directed.  Like lots of other boys that come up in the country and do the hardest and most difficult kinds of work sometimes that they were not told to do to keep from doing that which was easier they were commanded to do, the Hall brothers made sketches and pictures to while away their extra time.  But they succeeded as their work as artists is known throughout the world where pictures are treasured.

The brother that is here does a great deal of live stock painting although he is perhaps as good with other subjects as one of his paintings, “Tumwater Canyon,” Watchie River, exhibited at the St. Louis Worlds Fair brought $5,000, and afterward resold for $15,000.

He has climbed about all the noted mountain peaks of the world.

He also told a little of Dr. Cook’s exploring troubles a few years ago.  While he believed Dr. Cook discovered or located the north pole he could not prove it, but he ascended Mt. McKinley in Canada in August, after Dr. Cook was there in June and found his record.  So he knows that Dr. Cook was up there.

He was somewhat of an athlete in his teens, riding a bicycle for glory and painting for fun.  He earned all the bicycle stunts in this country and went to Germany in 1898, when he did the bicycle stunts in this country and the Huns, which he did and thereby earned the title of Champion Bicycle Rider of the world.

The Halls, though recognized throughout the world as artists of no mean repute, never took a lesson from another artist.  Their work is all of their own effort and genius, so there is no copying.

Mr. Hall says he thinks if anyone has a little talent to start with, better results are obtained by self developing than by the services of a teacher.  For if the talent is placed under the discipline of a teacher although an artist of the highest type, it will only be a copy of the tutor and perhaps not near so good, as no one can impart the little details of his mind to another.

December 19, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1.

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