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Dated the 14th of August 1920, this is a characteristic example of Edmund Steppes’s atmospheric landscapes, in which nature is perceived in a dreamlike manner. As an early writer noted of these paintings and drawings, ‘An inborn flow of feeling tinged with a shade of melancholy pervades this work…Steppes is the painter of silence. He loves the quiet valley and the lonely mountain tops; he is attracted also to solitary trees, especially when they have a bizarre silhouette. Bright sunlight is not to his taste, he prefers the subdued light of dawn, evening, and moonlight. Evidences are present in his art that he is not averse to modern modes of expression, but he loves to persevere in his own style.’

A stylistically comparable drawing by Steppes of a cliff face in the Dolomites is in the collection of the Oberhausmuseum in Passau.

Medium: Pen and brown ink and watercolour
Signature: Signed and dated Edm. St. / 14. 8. 1920. at the upper centre. 

Dimensions: 14.8 x 12.8 cm (5⁷/₈ x 5 inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints