The Summit of Muth Mountain near Meran
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. SG 593
69.7 × 50 cm
During his years in Meran, the Frankfurt landscape painter Louis Eysen devoted himself to the austere charms of the barren alpine world. In this small vertical-format painting, the folds of the massive summit of Muth Mountain are rendered almost monochromatically. Unlike Romantic painters, Eysen strove to achieve a realistic depiction of nature without a sentimental atmosphere, very much in the spirit of Gustave Courbet. However, because the observer’s position is undefined and the distant peak seems to be in another world, the image is that of a landscape inaccessible to human beings.