Herd of Cattle and a Fisherman at a Mountain Lake
Oil on canvas (relined). 92 x 130 cm.
Like his father Philipp Peter (Rosa da Tivoli) and his older brother Jakob, Cajetan Roos specialized in the representation of animals in Campagna landscapes. However, Cajetan attached much more importance to the landscape than their inhabitants. Whilst in the works of his brother and father, the background is almost entirely concealed by the depictions of animals in the foreground, Cajetan casually inserts his herds of cattle and their shepherds into larger panoramic landscapes consisting of broad valleys and overlapping chains of hills. He also assigns a much greater role to the fortresses, towers, and ruins with which he accents his compositions.
Jedding, Hermann: Johann Heinrich Roos. Werke einer Pfälzer Tiermalerfamilie in den Galerien Europas, Mainz 1998, p. 277, illus. 411.