Alexandre Calame - Gebirgsbach bei Handeck, 19th century
Oil on canvas
69,5 x 96,5 cm
The painting of Alexandre Calame (*28.5.1810 Vevey - 19.3.1864 Menton) is in the tradition of romanticism, which depicts nature as an overwhelming force and with pathos. The artist found his subjects in the high alpine mountain landscapes, but he also painted depictions of the lower mountains, which often depict waterfalls, dark clouds or fir trees drawn by the weather. He was less concerned with the exact reproduction of reality than with dramatic views of the forces of nature to which man is defenceless. In the Alps, Calame made sketches of nature, which he then used in his Geneva studio as models for his oil paintings. From 1835 he exhibited his Swiss Alpine and forest landscapes in Paris and Berlin.
The wildness of nature is a recurring theme in Calame's works. For example, by the stormy mountain stream and the darkened sky in Gebirgsbach bei Handeck. The focus of his work is the encounter with the threatening, ruthless nature. By placing the viewer in these wild landscapes, the relationship between man and nature becomes perceptible.
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