A mountain torrent below the Doldenhorn, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
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Alexandre Calame

A mountain torrent below the Doldenhorn, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

John Mitchell Fine Paintings

Date 1860

Epoque 19th century

Medium Oil on canvas

Dimension 98 x 128 cm (38⁵/₈ x 50³/₈ inches)

Painted for F. van der Donckt, Brussels, 1860.
Private collection, Germany.
The Rockies and the Alps Bierstadt, Calame and the Romance of the Mountains, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA. March 24- August 19 2018, pp. 106-107, no. 40
Rambert, Catalogue de mes ouvrages, 1884, p.557, no.398, V. Anker, Calame Vie et oeuvre (1987), p.449, no.742

The Doldenhorn rears up to over 3,500 metres to the west of the Blümlisalp and overlooks, on its north side, the villages of Kandersteg and Gastern.

As the most important Swiss landscape painter of the early nineteenth century Calame enjoyed an international success with collectors and agents for his work as far afield as Russia. He was the first artist to dedicate himself to depicting the Swiss Alps with topographical accuracy and from first-hand experience. In 1835 he went on his first study trip to the Bernese Oberland, famous for its spectacular mountains and valleys, and would spend nearly every summer in the Alps for the next twenty-five years, often journeying and working on his own. Ever aware of the transience and feeling of the moment, Calame’s words from a letter to his wife offer a lasting interpretation of his landscapes: “Nothing elevates the soul as much as the contemplation of these snowy peaks…when, lost in their immense solitude, alone with God, one reflects on man’s insignificance and folly.’

Most of his paintings and drawings were done before the ‘Golden Age’ of mountaineering which began in the mid-1850s. And yet it was only Calame’s frail lungs that prevented him from working at a higher altitude; up beyond the ends of the glaciers and fulfilling his mission to become the first artist to faithfully sketch and paint from nature the high mountain passes, glaciers and summits. That accolade was to go to Gabriel Loppé, born fifteen years later than Calame.

Date: 1860

Epoque: 19th century

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed on the stretcher by the artist:
Vue prise dans l’Oberland Bernois – peint pour Monsieur Vanderdonckt de Bruxelles Terminé en Juin 1860 Geneve 18 juin 1860

Dimension: 98 x 128 cm (38⁵/₈ x 50³/₈ inches)

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