This master of landscape painting has traveled very little. The topographic reality does not interest him. He nevertheless paints with great care the textures of meadows, trees and mountains of his imaginary views.
His works are very rare on the art market. The two oils on canvas for sale by Sotheby's in London on December 12 come however from different sources. Both display an illumination of the landscape by a divine source. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
At lot 8, Landschaft mit Gebirgssee am Morgen, 72 x 93 cm, is estimated £ 2M. The scenery is divided into three distinct parts. The foreground is the alp with vegetation and life. The background is the inaccessible and immutable mountain, anticipating Hodler. The lake separates them like a purgatory between earth and heaven.
The lonely man is very tall but his figure looks dwarfed against the lake. The opposite bank is illuminated in its whole length by the sublime beam.
Lot 12, Sonnenblick im Riesengebirge, 26 x 32 cm, is estimated £ 500K. The foreground is a rocky slope on which firs and dead trees alternate in the darkness. The mystical light of the sun begins to hit the mountain on the other side.
These paintings are not dated. Landschaft can be compared to works made circa 1823 by Friedrich from views of the Alps by J.C.C. Dahl. The post quem terminus of Riesengebirge is 1810 when the artist made a walking tour in this mountain range between Silesia and Bohemia. It may have been created around the same time as the Landschaft.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM :
Lot 8 SOLD for £ 2.53M
Lot 12 SOLD for £ 2.17M