Louis Choris was born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire, now Dnipro, Ukraine to German-Russian parents on March 22, 1795. In 1816, he visited the Pacific and the west coast of North America on board the Russian expeditionary ship Rurik, serving as an artist with the Romanzoff expedition under the command of Lieutenant Otto von Kotzebue, which was tasked with exploring a northwest passage.
In terms of his work as an artist, Choris is said to have "painted nature as he found it. The essence of his art is truth; a fresh, vigorous view of life, and an originality in portrayal." His illustrations on the Romanzoff expedition are therefore likely to faithfully represent the subjects he painted. After the voyage of the Rurik, Choris went to Paris where he issued a portfolio of his drawings in lithographic reproduction and studied in the ateliers of Gerard and Regnault. Choris worked extensively in pastels and documented the Ohlone people in the missions of San Francisco, California in 1816. Choris left France in 1827 for South America and was killed by robbers on March 22, 1828, en route to Vera Cruz, Mexico.
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Kaahumanu, Woman of the Sandwich Islands, pen, ink wash and watercolor by Louis Choris, 1816, Honolulu Museum of Art
Men's dance in the Sandwich Islands, by Louis Choris, 1816, published 1822, National Library of New Zealand
Ohlone Indians in a Tule Boat in the San Francisco Bay, by Louis Choris, 1816, published 1822
Port of Honolulu as seen Louis Choris in 1816
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