A Lake in Bavaria

by Laurence Alma-Tadema


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9.0 x 14.0 in. / 22.86 x 35.56 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas laid on panel

Catalogue No: 4257 Categories: , ,

Known for his skilled use of colour and depictions of Classical Antiquity, A Lake in Bavaria reveals Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s innovative painting process. Depicting two stone lions looking out onto an expansive lake, this beautifully tranquil painting is a slight departure from his usual subject matter. Alma-Tadema’s contrasting of the cool blue lake with the warm earth emphasises the luminescent quality of the composition, which is typical of his work. The visible brushstrokes suggest the spontaneity of this painting and the ephemerality of light. A Lake in Bavaria retains the dazzling blue water and skies that frequently feature in Alma-Tadema’s Classical compositions.


The Misses Alma-Tadema, London, 1912;
Joseph H. Heil, New York, by 1962;
Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, June 21, 1978, lot 193, illustrated;
Masoud Rejaee (acquired at the above sale), until 1979;
Private Collection, New York.

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a prolific Dutch painter and Royal Academician known for his scenes of Roman luxury and decadence. He studied at the Royal Academy of Antwerp under prolific Belgian painter Gustave Wappers. Alma-Tadema moved to London in 1870 at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, where he was elected Royal Academician and died in 1912.


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