(Philadelphia, Pa / 1850 - 1921)
Landscape painter Carl P. Weber was born in Darmstadt, Germany. His parents were the musician Carl Weber and his wife, Eleanore Weber. The strict, refined style which characterizes Carl Weber's landscapes can be attributed to his uncle, named Paul Weber (1823-1916), who was the renowned German landscape painter under whom he studied in Darmstadt and Munich. Carl P. Weber continued his training under sculptor and muralist August von Kreling in Nuremberg. Although his artistic training occurred in Germany, Carl Philipp was raised primarily in the United States after he immigrated in 1853 to Germantown, Pennsylvania with his parents.
At the age of 30, Weber opened his own studio in Philadelphia, and demonstrated his profound admiration of nature by focusing exclusively on landscapes in the German Romantic tradition. In Philadelphia, he was said to have "few equals and no superiors" in the field of watercolor painting. Many of his works suggest that he painted his large canvases from sketches both produced in the field and from his imagination.
Weber's early work shows the influence of mid-19th century Romanticism and his compositions are usually delineated by the use of tonal painting, juxtaposing contrasting sections of light and dark. Often, one area or object is highlighted, and appears almost divinely illuminated, which is one of the key concepts portrayed by the 19th century landscape painters.
Weber's paintings were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1876-1891 and at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1880 and 1881. He was a member of the Philadelphia Artists Fun Society.
He died in Philadelphia in 1921.