Panoramic view of Lago di Memi ( Lake Nemi), situated 30 km. from Rome was executed by famous landscape painter of Duesseldorf School Ascan Lutteroth (1842 - Hamburg - 1923).
From 1861 he studied with Alexandre Calame in Geneva and from 1864 to 1867 with Oswald Achenbach at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He spent 1868 to 1870 in Italy, including on Capri, and then lived in Berlin until 1877. On March 10, 1872, he married the merchant´s daughter, Elisabeth Warnecke. In 1877 Lutteroth returned to his hometown Hamburg. Here he painted three large pictures for the town hall in 1887. Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Crown Princess Victoria held him in high regard. In 1879 they took him on their trip to San Remo. Lutteroth also acted here as the teacher of the Crown Princess, who was also painting. The picture Street by the Sea in Pegli near Genoa was available in two versions, one by Victoria and one by Lutteroth. In 1890 Wilhelm II awarded him the title of professor. Alongside Valentin Ruths, he is considered to be the most important Hamburg landscape painter of his time. Until 1909 he was chairman of the Hamburg Artists´ Association from 1832.
Lutteroth mainly painted landscapes from Italy and the Hamburg area, but also alpine and forest scenes, populated sparingly with small figures. In his early days, like Achenbach, he mainly painted Italian scenes, which are characterized by bright colors and light contrasts. But the drama of an Achenbach did not suit him. His motifs are calmer and sweeter. His works were represented in important national and international exhibitions and hung, among others, in the Berlin National Gallery, the Rudolfinum Prague and the Gemäldegalerie Magdeburg, before the preference of modern painters prompted many museums to submit or store his pictures. Today the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau in the Georgium Palace, the Museumsberg Flensburg, the Städtische Galerie Rosenheim and the Museum Villingen-Schwenningen have pictures of him.
Literature: Friedrich Boetticher "List of paintings of 19th century), Leipzig, 1895; Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed lower right.Inscription: signed lower left, on the back of the original frame- titled in Italian: Lago di Nevi.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed w 39 1/3" x h 25 2/3"(100 x 65 cm), framed w 44 2/3" x h 30 3/4" (113,5 x 78 cm).
Condition: in very good cleaned condition.