Alpine landscape ca. 1915/16

For description see below.

JQAW# L_1915_010
Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
Signature: John Q. Ɑdams
Private collection, Austria
Image: Auction catalog Bozner Kunstauktionen

Alpine landscape. In the foreground a mountain range with rugged rocks, partly overgrown with high alpine vegetation, with snow fields in between. In the background, further snow-covered mountain ranges are staggered one behind the other. The effect of depth is depicted by increasingly fading colors. Above the mountains a cloudy blue sky.

This landscape painting, which only recently appeared at auction, was probably created in 1915/1916 on the southern front of the Dolomites. According to the archives of the Alpine Club, the landscape is thought to be on the Sass Songher near Corvara in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. At the auction, a landscape painting of Sass Songher by the artist's colleague and friend Karl Ludwig Prinz from 1917 was sold as lot 272, which is likely related to the work in question and supports the attribution of the location. Stylistically, the work can be compared with two other contemporary landscape paintings: Pra di Contrin from 1915 (also from the Dolomites) and Lovcensaddle (Montenegro) from 1916 (see cross-references), whereby the landscape shows parallels to the Pra Contrin picture, while the stronger coloring is reminiscent of the Lovcensaddle painting.




2023 Auction Bozener Kunstauktionen 2.12.2023 Lot 273.
Private collection Austria.