Rosenlaui Glacier and Wetterhorn, oil on canvas, signed F. Sommer (Ferdinand Sommer). c1860.
Oil on canvas, signed F. Sommer. Unframed. Dimensions : 325mm x 410mm x 18mm. Weight : 0.650kg net. Condition : Quite good.
Rosenlaui Glacier and Wetterhorn, oil on canvas, signed F. Sommer. Unframed. c1860.
Dimensions : 325mm x 410mm x 18mm. Weight : 0.650kg net.
Condition/Notes : The oil on canvas landscape study of the Rosenlaui Glacier and Wetterhorn is in quite good condition although it will benefit from a general clean. The colours are vibrant and there is no paint loss in the main body of the work although there is minor loss along the lower edge especially in the lh corner but this can be concealed in framing. The painting depicts the classic view of the Bernese Alps which is a favourite of artists over the years. Ferdinand Sommer (1822-1901) was a well-known 19th C Swiss artist living in Thun in the canton of Berne and painted under several aliases (Joh. Andreas Ferdinand Sommer, Ferdinand Sommer-Collier, Friedrich Sommer-Collier, and Joh. Andreas Sommer-Collier). He is famous for having taken the young Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) as an apprentice painter in Thun and introduced him to the landscape genre from which he developed his characteristic style. Sommer remained true to his love of his mother country and produced many spectacular Swiss mountain scenes of which this work is typical. He has signed the painting in the lower rh corner in his usual manner. The painting is nailed to the original stretcher and the burlap is fraying at the edges. The painting will certainly benefit from framing and deserves to be displayed in a prime location as an example of the work of Ferdinand Sommer c1860.
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