Hugo Schnars-Alquist

German painter (1855-1939)

Carl Wilhelm Hugo Schnars-Alquist (October 29, 1855 – August 20, 1939) was a German painter who painted scenes of the sea. His family were merchants and he started working as a merchant himself. Schnars-Alquist was a self-taught painter.[1] In 1886 he was a student of Hans Gude at the Berlin Art Academy. In 1893 he was the German representative for the fine arts at the World's Columbian Exposition.[2] Schnars-Alquist made many sea voyages which taught him how to paint the sea at different Latitudes and from rough sea to calm. He was a member of the jury at the Chicago and Melbourne art exhibitions.[3] He received a Gold medal at Melbourne.[3] Schnars-Alquist was a member of the Hamburg Geographical Society.[4] He also belonged to the Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Berlin.[4]

Hugo Schnars-Alquist at work in 1905.


  1. City Art Museum of St. Louis, Special Exhibition Catalogue, Series 1912 No. 2 (February 4, 1912), p. 121
  2. The Official Directory of the World's Columbian Exposition, May 1st to October 30th, 1893: A Reference Book of Exhibitors and Exhibits, and of the Officers and Members of the World's Columbian Commission. W.B. Conkey Company, 1893. p. 127.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The New International Encyclopaedia, Volume 20, ed. Frank Moore Colby; Talcott Williams (New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1918), p. 552
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dictionary of German Biography, ed. Walther Killy (Munich: K.G. Saur, 2005), pp. 46–47

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Hugo Schnars-Alquist (1855 - 1939)