Sketches of Ischia (1846)

LOUIS GURLITT (1812-1897)

Pencil sketch on paper; signed, dated and dated designated in pencil
Newly-framed in gold leaf box as pictured

83cm x 62cm in the frame


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In July 1846, Louis Gurlitt undertook a one-week study trip to Ischia (a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 20 miles from the city of Naples) together with the Danish painter Vilhelm Marstrand, who, like Gurlitt, had studied at the Art Academy in Copenhagen. These charming and meticulous sketches of the island were amongst the work that resulted.

Ludwig Heinrich Theodor Gurlitt was a prolific landscape painter, whose mastery of the genre contributed to the flowering of the Düsseldorf painting school in the 1840s and 1850s. On account of his exquisite technical skill, he is considered as one of the greatest European landscape painters of the 19th century.