RUSS, Robert
(b. 1847, Wien, d. 1922, Wien)

Mountain Torrent after the Storm

Oil on canvas, 161 x 177 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

Drawing on the works of the Barbizon School, Russ sought to depict simple, everyday motifs together with the atmosphere characteristic of the time of year or day. In the present large-scale painting, he was intent on rendering the specific quality of the light immediately after a storm. He captured the atmosphere, which was marked by humidity and hazy light, with bold contrasts of light and shadow. Narrative elements, such as the bridge which had led to the isolated farmstead and which was destroyed by the storm, and the undamaged cross next to the racing torrent, emphasized the specific weather conditions.