Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada

German immigrant Hans Meyer-Kassel was a classically trained painter, who fell in love with the American West after visiting California. He and his wife Maria lived in Nevada for 20 years, spending most of that time in Carson Valley’s Genoa. 

Hans Meyer-Kassel
Hans Meyer-Kassel, self-portrait, circa 1950.

Meyer-Kassel’s paintings hang in state capitals, castles and government buildings across the US and Europe. He is even featured on a US postage stamp. Four portraits of Nevada Governors grace the walls of the Nevada Capitol Building, and he restored many more Gubernatorial portraits.

A comprehensive survey of this treasured artist’s work will be on view February 24 – September 2, 2018, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

To further honor the legacy of Hans Meyer-Kassel, the Board of Directors of Douglas County Historical Society recently approved the placement of a monument in Meyer-Kassel’s memory outside the Genoa Courthouse Museum. A monument dedication ceremony will take place in Genoa on Saturday, May 19. Throughout the exhibition run, a number of additional public and educational programs will take place at the Nevada Museum of Art, and throughout northern Nevada. For a complete listing, visit the exhibition webpage


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