Born in New York City, but spent most of childhood living in Schenectady,
NY. His former instructor, Tompkins H. Malteson, introduced him to art
education at 12 years old. Vedder left New York in 1856 to travel to
France and Italy. Returned to the states in 1861 after five years at
the beginning of the Civil War. Worked as a commercial artist sketching
for “Vanity Fair.” In 1865, he returned to live in Italy,
living predominantly in Rome and the Isle of Capri. Although, he spent
most of his life in Rome, Vedder considered himself an American artist.
Tied, oil on canvas, 12" x 18", 15.5"
x 21.5" framed
for his murals, symbolist paintings and illustrations. Liked to paint
biblical scenes and idealized figures of a “mystical” nature.
In1884, published his major work, over 50 illustrations for the book, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Vedder’s life paralleled Khayyam’s.
Member of: National Academy.
In the collection of: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; National
Academy of Design; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Butler Institute of American
Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts; Carnegie Museum of Art; The Parthenon;
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; Phoenix Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art;
Wadsworth Atheneum; Yale University Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art; Smithsonian
American Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Georgia Museum of Art; Baltimore
Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston; Seattle Art Museum; among others.