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FRANÇOIS DIDAY | The Gelmerhorn, 1857

40,000 - 60,000 CHF
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  • François Diday
  • The Gelmerhorn, 1857
  • Signed and dated lower right
  • Oil on canvas


Sotheby's, Zurich, 10th December 1996, lot 45
Estate Asbjorn Lunde (purchased at the above sale) 


Grenoble, Musée de Grenoble, Turin, Palazzo Bricherasio, Le sentiment de la montagne, 1998, no. 112
Williamstown, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Alpine views : Alexandre Calame and the Swiss landscape, 2006, no. 23

Catalogue Note

Beautifully finished, this large canvas is a quintessential Romantic landscape. The Gelmerhorn, one of Switzerland's most famous mountains, dominates the view in the background, dramatically lit by golden morning light whilst three goats are grazing undisturbed beside some fir trees, reminiscent of the work of Caspar David Friedrich.

The exhibition Le sentiment de la montagne, 1998, in which the present work was included, was one of the first exhibitions to thoroughly delve into the influence of the Alpine Landscape in 19th century art. Perceived as both a frontier and a symbol of national identity for many, the Alps have subsequently been the subject matter of numerous exhibitions, including that of the Lunde collection at the National Gallery, London, in 2011.