This evocative early 20th-century pastel by German artist Erwin Starker (1872-1938) captures a rolling view in the Neckar Valley, near Stuttgart. An impressive tumble of colours undulate across autumnal hills - culminating in a stripe of blue.
In the foreground, the lilac foliage is offset by a striking birch that leans right following years of gales. While a splash of river draws the eye down the valley and out towards the horizon.
Starker loved this area and often came here to sketch. He was born in nearby Stuttgart and spent much of his life in his hometown.
Medium: Pastel on paper Overall size: 20½” x 15½” / 52cm x 40cm Year of creation: 1912 Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear. Artist’s auction highlight: £7,230 achieved for an oil painting in 1995.