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Details & Cataloguing

Swiss Art/Swiss Made

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Alexandre Calame
1810 - 1864
TORRENT DE MONTAGNE PAR ORAGE, 1850

Provenance

Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, 25th November 1903, lot 17
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (1904-1926; inv. no. WRM 1244 (ex. 955a)
Galerie D. Heinemann, Munich, 1926
Galerie Hansen AG, Lucerne, 1927
Christie's Amsterdam, 26th October 1999, lot 85
Estate Asbjorn Lunde (purchased at the above sale)

Exhibited

Williamstown, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Alpine views : Alexandre Calame and the Swiss landscape, 2006, no. 7
London, The National Gallery, Forrest, Rocks, Torrents Norwegian and Swiss Landscape Paintings from the Lunde Collection, 2011, no. 2
Newark, Newark Museum, The Rockies and The Alps, Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains, 2018, no 21

Literature

Eugène Rambert, Alexandre Calame, sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris, 1884, p. 241
Verzeichnis der Gemälde des Wallraf-Richartz-Museums der Stadt Kö̈ln, Cologne 1914, p. 391, no. 955a
Valentina Anker, Alexandre Calame. Vie et oeuvre, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Fribourg 1987, p. 392, no. 419, ill. 

Catalogue Note

This highly dramatic view is of the Aare River in the valley of Haslital, in the Canton of Berne. With their gushing mountain streams, dramatic clouds and steep peaks, paintings such as the present work contributed significantly to the imagery of the Alps that became predominant in 19th century Europe. Switzerland’s longest river, the Aare makes its way to the Rhine, carving over one thousand meters of gorges through the limestone of the Haslital region.

Whilst Calame approached the subjects of agitated torrents throughout his entire career, another three versions of this same subject are known to date: a study for the present work (Anker, cat. no. 420), Torrent de montagne par orage, 1854, (cat.no. 587) and a second version of the latter sold at Sotheby's Zurich in 2018.

Swiss Art/Swiss Made

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