Nature study was executed in the middle of 19th century and have all criteria to be attributed to the hand of famous German painter, draftsman, engraver and lithographer Christian Friedrich Gille (1805 in Ballenstedt am Harz - 1899 in Wahnsdorf near Dresden). For comparison see other studies by the same artist on our last 5 images.
Gille first studied landscape engraving with Johann Gottfried Abraham Frenzel at the Dresden Art Academy, then oil painting, from 1827 to 1830 as a student of Johan Christian Clausen Dahl. He then worked as a painter, draftsman, engraver and lithographer in Dresden. From 1830 to 1833 he worked as an engraver for the Saxon Art Association.
As a landscape painter (first works from 1829, increasingly from around 1850) he earned a reputation as the German Corot. His works are characterized by a broad, powerful brush stroke. He captured everyday situations in his pictures. Gille lived in Dresden, but from around 1880 spent part of the year in Wahnsdorf, where he died, ultimately mentally deranged.
Since his impressionistic-looking images, which he practiced through nature studies, were ahead of their time, Gilles' work was only appreciated after his death.
Literature: ThB XXXV, 1942, 311 ; Vollmer V, 1961, 102; Gerd Spitzer: Christian Friedrich Gille 1805-1899 E.A.Seemann, Leipzig 1994;
Technique: oil on paper, laid down on canvas. Original period gilt frame.
Measurements: unframe w 12 7/8” x h 8 3/8” (33 x 21,5 cm); framed w 15 3/8” x h 20" (39,5 x 51,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.