Franz Ludwig Catel
Mountain Landscape near Salzburg
Oil on cardboard. 24.5 x 32.5 cm.
According to Dr Andreas Stolzenburg, this brightly illuminated, summerly mountain landscape most likely depicts the surroundings of Salzburg. Catel presented the work at an exhibition in Rome in 1822 organised by a group of Prussian artists on occasion of a visit to the Eternal City by King Friedrich Wilhelm III. The newspaper “Berlinische Nachrichten” wrote about the exhibition in December 1822: "With the monarch's well-known love of art, they had organised an exhibition of their latest artistic achievements [...]. Catel clearly led among the group; his works included several depictions of the surroundings of Naples, one of Switzerland and one of Salzburg [...]". The latter mentioned work was probably the present painting, which Dr Andreas Stolzenburg will include in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist.
Dr. Andreas Stolzenburg, Hamburg, 26.7.2012.
Exhibited in Rome in 1822 in an exhibition held during a visit by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III.