LOOS, Friedrich
(b. 1797, Graz, d. 1890, Kiel)

Kolm Saigurn in the Rauris Valley with the Sonnblick

Oil on canvas, 73 x 58 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

In his imposing depiction of the Sonnblick mountain, including a rushing waterfall and Kolm Saigurn, Loos convincingly demonstrates the elementary nature of high-Alpine areas and the natural forces active within them. Loos' manner shows him to be a pioneer of realistic landscape painting. However, traditional Baroque foreground scenery with romanticising staffage figures leads into the heroically idealised expansive pictorial composition.

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