Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape
By Alberto de Andrés
Among the most influential and popular Swiss landscape painters of the nineteenth century, Alexandre Calame (1810–1864) is renowned for his grand alpine views. Reflecting the increased interest in the Alps among naturalists, scientists, writers, and tourists of the era, Calame’s intimate and spontaneous paintings offer a breathtaking look at some of Switzerland’s most beautiful, dramatic, and recognizable locations.
This handsomely illustrated book focuses on Calame’s oil sketches—many of which have never been published in color—and also includes works by Calame’s precursor’s, contemporaries, and followers. An essay by noted art historian Alberto de Andrés provides a compelling overview of the development of the Swiss landscape tradition, and situates Calame within the broader context of nineteenth-century European art and culture.
88 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 inches
46 color illustrations
Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London
ISBN 0-300-12138-5 (softcover)
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