Karl Bodmer was born in Riesbach, Switzerland, on 6th February, 1809. After studying art in France he established as an engraver, lithographer and painter.
In 1832 Bodmer accompanied Maximilian, Prince of Wiedneuwied, in Germany, on a tour of America.
The following year Bodmer took a boat from St. Louis and sailed up the Missouri River. He stayed at Fort Union before exploring the lands of the Blackfeet, the Mandans and the Minnetarees.
On his journey Bodmer painted the life, customs, dress and ceremonies of the Native Americans. A total of 81 plates by Bodmer appeared in Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34. Some critics believe that Bodmer was the finest artist to work on the American frontier.