Max Josef Wagenbauer (School)

Alpine Landscape With Cabin

Max Josef Wagenbauer (School)

Alpine Landscape With Cabin

This enchanting 19th-century German oil painting depicts an epic vista at the foothills of the Alps.

Under a vast rolling sky, the majestic scenery extends for miles before vanishing into a distant haze. On the left, a wall of fir trees snake downhill, while the craggy peaks opposite guide the eye towards a river. A hunched figure walks by a cabin - another climbs with a stick.

Painted around 1860, the artistic approach of this piece is inspired by the Romantics. It places man among the sublimity of nature, its irrepressible force towering above the figures - on one hand endlessly captivating, on the other, deadly.

Stylistically, it’s reminiscent of Max Josef Wagenbauer (1774-1829) and it bears a name plaque. Perhaps the artist was a pupil. Wagenbauer often worked in the Bavarian Alps.

Held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 35” x 28” / 89cm x 72cm
Year of creation: c. 1860
Labels & Inscriptions: Label from KK Hofvergolder, the Imperial and Royal Court Gilder, attached to the stretcher. Other examples date to between 1841 and 1875.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Canvas relined. Frame with some light wear.

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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