The J. Paul Getty Museum

Wooded River Landscape in the Alps

Object Details

Title:

Wooded River Landscape in the Alps

Artist/Maker:

Thomas Ender (Austrian, 1793 - 1875)

Culture:

Austrian

Place:

Germany (Place Created)

Date:

about 1850–1870

Medium:

Watercolor, gouache and graphite

Object Number:

2009.60

Dimensions:

31 × 47.8 cm (12 3/16 × 18 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011