OLIVIER, Ferdinand
(b. 1785, Dessau, d. 1841, München)

Meadow before Aigen, Friday

1823
Lithograph, 195 x 272 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich

Ferdinand Olivier used a 'primitive' style of tight hatching, reminiscent of woodcuts by Dürer, to achieve the intense effect of his Meadow before Aigen, Friday. In fact Olivier made marvellous nature studies of twigs and leaves but looked for more than mere truth in his finished works. His drawing of Aigen was one of a series of scenes around Salzburg and Berchtesgaden made for a set of prints of the Seven Days of the Week, each of which was associated with a particular sentiment or experience.