Alexandre Calame ( 1810 - 1864 )

The Vierwaldst├Ąttersee seen from above Morschach, Switzerland.

The Vierwaldst├Ąttersee seen from above Morschach, Switzerland.

oil on canvas laid on cardboard
15 x 10 ¼ in. (38.4 x 26.4 cm.)
c. 1861


Zürich, Galerie Koller, 17 November 1994, lot 3064
Asbjørn Lunde (1927-2017), New York.

Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 2006, no. 14, repr. p. 61;
Den ville natur. Sveitisk og norsk romantikk. Malerier fra Asbjørn Lundes samling, New York, Tromsø, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Bergen Billedgalleri, 2007-8, no.16, repr. p. 86;
Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection, London, National Gallery, 2011, no. 38, repr. p. 68.

The hamlet of Seelisberg is located on one of Lake Lucerne’s promontories. Also referred to as the Vierwaldstättersee, the lake was a favourite haunt of Calame.

The shores of the lake have changed little since this daring and vertiginous view over the cliffs was painted. This oil sketch echoes Caspar David Friedrich’s sublime Cliffs at Rügen in the Oskar Reinhart Museum in Winterthur which also has an important collection of Calame paintings on public display.

Alexandre Calame