19th-Century German School, Classical Landscape With Ruins

19th-Century German School, Classical Landscape With Ruins

This late 19th-century German school oil painting depicts two figures walking home immersed in the rich orange hue of the evening sun. Two twisting pines create strong verticals and guide the eye toward the horizon. An ancient ruin creates a conspicuous focal point.

Stylistically, the landscape draws upon the classical masters of the 17th-century. The distant horizon glows, as if touched by fire, while the foreground rests in the shade. It’s plausible that the view was a merging of reality and the artist’s own romantic ideation.

Signed illegibly, dated, and housed within a fine 19th-century frame with extensive corner ornamentation.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 22½” x 25” / 57cm x 64cm
Year of creation: 1871
Condition: Canvas relined. Areas of historic and recent restoration including overpaint. Some craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.