Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
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Wooded River Landscape in the Alps
Thomas Ender (Austrian, 1793 - 1875)
Germany (Place Created)
Watercolor, gouache and graphite
31 × 47.8 cm (12 3/16 × 18 13/16 in.)
An official artist with ties to the Austrian emperor, Ender specialized in polished, picturesque views of Austria. Commercially successful, his landscapes contributed to shaping the country's self-image in the middle decades of the 1800s. Ender's later work became increasingly personal in subject and experimental in style--as in this representation of an Alpine river surrounding a rocky outcropping. While the central area of the composition is highly controlled and clearly descriptive, its periphery is treated so loosely that it verges on abstraction.