A SUMMER LANDSCAPE NEAR MONTABAUR
Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 cm.
Although winter landscapes are most characteristic of Max Clarenbach's oeuvre, the painter also occasionally depicted landscapes in other seasons. At the time of the Sonderbund exhibitions of 1908 to 1912, these paintings even began to predominate over his usual winter landscapes. The present work is a product of this phase and shows the influence of late French impressionism, which Clarenbach must have taken in during his trip to Paris from 1907 to 1908. This influence is particularly evident in the multitude of pastose brushstrokes with which the meadow in the fore and midground is depicted. This dynamic brushwork contrasts with the depiction of the baroque castle of Montabaur and the sky, which are located on the same plane and made up of a combination of broader and finer brushstrokes.
We would like to thank Dr. Dietrich Clarenbach, Gauting for his kind support.
Private collection, Lower Saxony. - 715th Lempertz auction, Cologne, 20.5.1995, lot 1296. - Private collection, Middle Rhine.