Gustav Meissner, Coastal Landscape With Cattle & River

Gustav Meissner, Coastal Landscape With Cattle & River

This beautiful 19th-century landscape painting by German artist, Gustav Meissner (1830-1910) depicts an enchanting coastal view shortly after the rain. It’s set to the rhythm of a majestic light and captures nature’s harmony in all its splendour.

Meissner’s masterful composition combines several elements to great effect. Note the diagonal line, which begins with the apex on the left and concludes with the tree on the right. This creates depth while guiding the eye through the scenery. The clouds are also skillfully observed and seem to sweep across the hills. They’re an array of tints and tones, and give the air an abundant quality. 

This exquisite piece balances two contrasting ideas - it’s grounded in the realities of the elements yet blessed with romantic sentiment.

Signed and housed within a period frame.

Learn more about Gustav Meissner in our directory.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 41” x 27” / 104cm x 69cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £2,276 achieved for an oil painting in 2003.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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