Olaus Murie

1889 - 1963
Conservationist, painter, writer
Origin: United States
Born: March 1, 1889, Moorhead, Minnesota
Died: October 21, 1963, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Born in 1889, in the small community of Moorhead, Minnesota, to Norwegian immigrant parents, Olaus Murie grew up along the Red River in an area of unspoiled prairie land. His earliest environment sparked his lifelong interest in preserving nature, and he went on to study zoology and wildlife biology under the zoologist A.M. Bean at Fargo College in North Dakota and Pacific University in Oregon, graduating from the latter institution in 1912. Throughout his childhood and youth, Murie also spent a significant amount of time drawing, inspired by the work of Ernest Thompson Seton, and although he never undertook any formal training in art, Murie had natural talent for illustration.

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Swans in Jackson Hole
c. 1955, Oil on Canvasboard
Olaus Murie
United States, 1889 - 1963