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Maximilian Haushofer (1811–1866) On the Way to Grossvenediger

oil on canvas
1850–1860
lower right
111 × 97 cm
frame

Starting price1,000,000 CZK Hammer price1,000,000 CZK
89th Auction, lot 127 This unique high-quality mountain scenery is a representative example of the work of Maximilian Haushofer, who was called to Prague as a teacher by the then rector of the Academy, his brother-in-law Christian Ruben, and directly influenced the generation of artists that fundamentally determined the direction of landscape painting in the second half of the 19th century. Among his students were, for example, Adolf Kosárek, Alois Bubák, and Julius Mařák. They were so influenced by him that most of them, at least at a certain stage of development, leaned towards the subject matter of the Alpine landscape. Haushofer approached his students with great understanding and led them to a careful observation of nature. At the same time, he was able to support their individuality and creative freedom. In his high mountain sceneries, he used extraordinarily vivid colours and expressed an emotional interest in the atmosphere of a specific natural moment whilst demonstrating an exceptional observational talent. His works manifested his love for the Alps as well as a deep knowledge of Carl Rottmann’s work – he liked to shroud the Alpine giants in a moody atmosphere and render them in the style of German romantic landscape painting of the time. The same characteristic would also apply to the presented canvas, which combines all of Haushofer’s artistic qualities. He faithfully captured a view of the valley with a dominant central composition accentuated at the intersection of the diagonals by a waterfall, which he captured in many paintings and can be seen as a certain sign of his. Every natural detail is carefully modelled, including the crystal clear water surface and the small staffage determining the scale. On the reverse, there is a handwritten note: “Ansicht vom Venediger im Schlossalpental, Windisch Matrey in Tirol”, which could more accurately locate the scene – it most likely depicts the landscape near the village of Matrei in East Tyrol with several majestic three-thousander peaks in the vicinity, including the Grossvenediger and Grossglockner. Assessed during consultations by prof. PhDr. R. Prahl, CSc., and Mgr. M. Dospěl, PhD. The expertise of PhDr. Š. Leubnerová is attached.
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