Description & Technical information

The present sheet was probably drawn on Carl Hummel’s return journey to Germany from Italy in c.1846. The Reichenbachtal or Rosenlaui valley, beneath the Rosenlaui glacier in the Bernese Alps of western Switzerland, is dominated by alpine meadows and towering forests, as well as mountain cliffs, gorges and waterfalls. As a 19th century English guidebook noted of the area, ‘From the [Reichenbach] Falls to Rosenlaui, the path gradually rises along the side of the Reichenbach Valley, beloved of artists. During the journey the eye is charmed with ever-varying combinations of rock and grassy slope, woodland and waterfall, with the snowy peaks of the Welhorn and Wetterhorn piercing the blue sky in front.’

Hummel made numerous careful studies of trees, often of considerable scale, throughout his career. Another large pencil drawing of trees at Rosenlaui was recently on the art market in Germany.

Medium: Pencil
Signature: Signed and inscribed Rosenlaui / C Hummel in pencil at the lower left.

Dimensions: 48.9 x 28.7 cm (19¹/₄ x 11¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints