A pair of oil on canvas paintings featuring two landscapes by Christoph von Bemmel (1707-1782). One of the paintings shows a river fall, with a large rock in the centre separating the watercourse. This configuration is similar to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen. On the left bank of the river, a fortified tower is placed in the same place as the castle of Laufen, which is still preserved to this day.
The second painting shows a river mouth where two fishing boats are trying to maneuver in rough water. Waves break at the bottom of the rocks, above which a fortified tower rises in the centre of the painting.
Each canvas is signed “CVB” for Christoph von Bemmel.
Christoph von Bemmel came from a family of many artists. He was born in 1707 in Nuremberg, lived in Mannheim, then moved to Strasbourg in 1760, and became a master in 1768 by presenting a landscape. Bemmel was very active, and his landscapes and overmantel paintings are still preserved today, with a predilection for fire scenes. Several of his paintings can be found in Alsatian museums (Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, Musée d’Unterlinden, Musée de Saverne), as well as in German museums (Musée de Stuttgart, Château de Bayreuth). The figures are always painted from behind, a recurrent characteristic of Bemmel.
Period: around 1760-1770
Frame dimensions :
Height : 62,5 cm
Width : 81,5 cm
View dimensions :
Height : 57 cm
Width : 76 cm
Condition : small lacks in the pictorial layer