Plinio Colombi – Blick auf den Niesen von Kirchdorf, 1920
Oil on canvas
56 x 85 cm
Plinio Colombi (1873, Ravecchia - 1951, Spiez) began to study architecture at the Technikum in Winterthur in 1893, but soon switched to the arts and crafts department. After completing his artistic training, he stayed in Paris before settling in Bern as a decorative painter. Colombi's first landscapes reveal the admiration for Arnold Böcklin's symbolist painting. After 1905 he turned to a more realistic view of nature, which was inspired by Ferdinand Hodler's early work. In his work Blick auf den Niesen von Kirchdorf (View of the Niesen of Kirchdorf) from 1920, the artist depicts the mountain rising up out of the haze behind a lush meadow and a contrasting, dark forest landscape. The Niesen was a popular subject for many well-known artists, such as Ferdinand Hodler, Cuno Amiet and Paul Klee. Inspired by the landscape around Lake Thun, Colombi moved to Spiez four years after the creation of this artwork, where he painted many views of this impressive, picturesque backdrop that surrounded him.
In the book "Der Niesen im Spiegel der Kunst" (The Niesen in the Mirror of Art), published in 2019, Matthias Fischer collects the most beautiful and impressive works of art that represent the Niesen and testifies to the great inspirational force that this mountain range exerted on numerous artists. Also Colombi's artwork Blick auf den Niesen von Kirchdorf is included in this publication.