This artist´s main work, the monumental view from Sorrento peninsula to Island Capri was executed by good listed German landscape painter Ascan Lutteroth (1842-Hamburg-1923). He studied 1862-1864 by Calame in Geneva, 1864/1867 at the Duesseldorf Art Academy by Oswald Achenbach. Most important landscape painter in the late 19th Century in Hamburg. From 1868 to 1870 he spent in Italy, among others on Capri, then he lived until 1877 in Berlin. On March 10, 1872, he married the merchant´s daughter Elisabeth Warnecke. In 1877, Lutteroth returned to his hometown of Hamburg. Here he painted 1887 three big paintings for the town hall. Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Princess Victoria appreciated him very much. 1879 they took him on their trip to San Remo. Lutteroth also acted as the painting teacher of princess Victoria. The painting"The street at the seaside in Pegli near Genoa" was in two versions, one of Victoria, one of Lutteroth. In 1890, Wilhelm II gave him the title of professor. He is regarded with painter Valentin Ruth as the most important Hamburg landscape painter of his time. Until 1909, he was chairman of the Hamburg Artists ´ Association. Lutteroth painted mainly landscapes from Italy and the surroundings of Hamburg, but also alpine and forest scenes, sparingly populated with small figures. In his early days, like Achenbach, he painted mainly Italian scenes, which are characterised by bright colors and contrasts of light.
From the French Impressionists he took over the light-flooded expression and the choice of unspectacular motifs, but without taking over their painting.
His works were represented in the important national and international exhibitions and hung among others in the Berlin National Gallery, in the Rudolfinum Prague and in the gallery Magdeburg. Today his works are also in the Hamburg Kunsthalle, the persisting painting gallery Dessau in the Castle Georgium, in the museum Flensburg, the Municipal gallery Rosenheim and the museum Villingen-Schwenningen. The reference Book of Boetticher 1891 contains 91 paintings as well as 32 watercolors. probably, our painting listed by him under No. 11 as "View to Capri", exhibited at the world exhibition in Vienna in 1973.In the museum Leipzig was his painting with the depiction of the Mawensi (Summit of Kilimanjaro), which Lutteroth created 1889 according to the templates of the African traveller and researcher Hans Meyer (African explorer) .The size was 149 x 250 cm. J. Meyer gave the picture 1890 to the museum Leipzig. The work has been lost since the Second World War.
Literature : "General Artist Lexicon" by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999; Friedrich von Boetticher "List of paintings of 19th Century", Leipzig.
Inscription: signed lower left, on the back of the canvas is old label with artist´s biography.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 55 1/2" x h 31 7/8" (141 x 81cm); framed w 70 7/8" x h 47 1/4" (180 x 120 cm).
Condition: in very good condition, original canvas.