Alfred Rudolph Biography

Alfred Rudolph




Alfred Rudolph, American etcher and lithographer, was born Alfred Rudolph Otto Johannes Bruenauer-Lippert in Alsace-Loraine on September 21, 1881.  His father was a German educator and Alfred was educated in European universities as a mechanical engineer.

In 1909, he first visited the United States, he emigrated the following year, and became a naturalized citizen in 1915, taking the name Alfred Rudolph. He settled in Chicago and became vice-president and general manager of the American Ball Bearing Company. During World War 1, he served on the war board under Secretary Newton D. Baker. 

When his health deteriorated, Rudolph went to the deserts of Nevada to recuperate and it was during this time that he took up etching. He devoted the rest of his life to art. Rudolph lived briefly in La Jolla, California but moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1931. He was married to Margaret Maxon but the couple was childless and Rudolph was the last remaining member of his family.

Many of his etchings depicted scenes of the desert around Tucson. Rudolph was included in the California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego in 1935 and his work is represented the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, San Diego Museum, and the Springfield Museum of Art.

Alfred Rudolph died in Tucson, Arizona on April 25, 1942.

This new information on Alfred Rudolph was found in his obituary posted in the Tucson Daily Citizen on April 27, 1942.