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Salomon Gessner

Between 1781 and 1788 Gessner spent the summer months as master of the Sihl forest in the forester’s lodge. During this time he developed his gouache painting to a new level of perfection. Picturesque fragments of landscape studies from his portfolios blend into idealized Arcadian landscapes, which Gessner usually populated with elemental nature deities. With their formal analogies and colour correlations, these idyllic pictures hint symbolically at an internalized experience of nature perceived as a harmony of opposites; one hundred years before Arnold Böcklin, these works mark Gessner as a forerunner of idealist landscape painting.

Salomon Gessner (1730–1788)
Die Apfellese, 1788
Gouache
Permanent loan of the city of Zurich 1818
Salomon Gessner (1730–1788)
Die Apfellese, 1788
Gouache
Permanent loan of the city of Zurich 1818