This large winter forest painting was executed in the end of 19th century by renowed German painter Walter Moras (1856 - 1925). He specialized to some extent in winter scenes. Moras was significantly influenced by the marine and landscape painter Hermann Eschke (1823-1900). In Berlin, where Moras was born, he gained his artistic training in Eschke´s studio. In 1876, the young Moras staged his first exhibition, at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin. Thereafter, Moras´s works were continually shown at major Berlin art exhibits. Moras also participated in exhibits in Bremen, Oldenburg and Munich. At Eschke ´s recommendation , the young Moras painted scenes in Mecklenburg and on the large , craggy German Iceland of Rügen . He painted also in Norway , the Netherlands and Italy. However, many of his works were created in rural Brandenburg and later in the Spreewald , Both in the region of Berlin . He painted scarcely at all in Berlin itself , even though what Described as a " Berlin Painter " all his life . Moras´s style was realistic, influenced by a touch of melancholia, and generally simple and refined. Some of his evocative landscapes show Impressionistic influences. In later years he was known for large-format autumnal scenes illuminated by warm fall colors. His numerous winter landscapes, which were composed with great attention to detail, similarly showed warmer hues amid the snowy context. Moras was not a member of the Berlin Artists Association, nor did he become involved with any of the north German artists´ colonies, though he sometimes painted in their neighborhoods.
Literature: Thieme/Becker ; Fr.v.Boetticher
Inscription: signed lower left
Technique: Oil on canvas. Original period frame.
Measurements: unframed w 47 2/3" x h 31 1/2" x (121 x 80 cm); framed w 56 1/4" x 40 1/2" ( 143 x 103 cm )
Condition: in very good condition.