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Alexandre Calame


View Of Le Bouveret Painting - View Of Le Bouveret by Alexandre Calame

View Of Le Bouveret

Fallen Tree Painting - Fallen Tree by Alexandre Calame

Fallen Tree

 Painting - Lauterbrunnen by Alexandre Calame


An Oaktree Trunk Painting - An Oaktree Trunk by Alexandre Calame

An Oaktree Trunk

 Painting - Lake Uri With Urirotstock by Alexandre Calame

Lake Uri With Urirotstock

 Painting - Marine by Alexandre Calame


 Painting - Trees by Alexandre Calame


Alexandre Calame Painting - La Tour. Lake Geneva by Alexandre Calame

La Tour. Lake Geneva

Alexandre Calame Painting - Peasant And Farm With Animals by Alexandre Calame

Peasant And Farm With Animals

The Lake of Thun

Landscape with Oaks

Mountainous Landscape with a Torrent

Mountainous Riverscape

Trees at the Bank

An Oaktree Trunk

Peasant and farm with animals

Handeck Waterfall

Lake Lucerne

Torrent by mountain storm

Mountain Torrent

View of the Urnersee

At the Urnersee

Lake Lucerne (Symphonie en bleu)

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne with Urirotstock

Sunlit forest path

Fallen Tree


Mountainous landscape

Route Grimsel

Swiss Landscape

Tree trunk Study

Mountain landscape

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Famous Artists - The Lake of Thun by Alexandre Calame

The Lake of Thun

Alexandre Calame (28 May 1810 – 19 March 1864) was a Swiss painter.

He was born in Arabie at the time belonging to Corsier-sur-Vevey, today a part of Vevey. He was the son of a skillful marble worker in Vevey, but because his father lost the family fortune, Calame could not concentrate on art, but rather he was forced to work in a bank from the age of 15. When his father fell from a building and then died, it was up to the young Calame to provide for his mother.

In his spare time he began to practice drawing small views of Switzerland. In 1829 he met his patron, the banker Diodati, who made it possible for him to study under landscape painter François Diday. After a few months he decided to devote himself fully to art.

In 1835 he began exhibiting his Swiss-Alps and forest paintings in Paris and Berlin. He became quite well known, especially in Germany, although Calame was more a drawer than an illustrator. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. In 1842 he went to Paris and displayed his works Mont Blanc, the Jungfrau, the Brienzersee, the Monte Rosa and Mont Cervin. He taught in Geneva, where Adolf Mosengel was one of his pupils.[1]

The Lake of the four Cantons, c. 1850, National Museum, Warsaw

He went to Italy in 1844 and brought back from Rome and Naples countless paintings, among them one of the ruins of Paestum (in the city museum in Leipzig). He showed that he was capable of understanding Italian nature; but the Alps remained his speciality.

The glaciers, emerald-green, white foaming mountain water, which split the trees during the storm, and the whipped clouds, the multi-colored rocks, half masked from fog, in the rays of the gleaming sun, are those things, which he knew to be true to nature. We still call them the Handeckfall from Bernese upper country, in Tirol, Lake Lucerne, the forest tower (in the urban museum of Leipzig), the forest stream (Dresdener gallery) etc.

One of his most ingenious works is the representation of the four seasons and times of the day in four landscapes, a spring morning in the south, a summer midday in the Nordic flatlands, an Autumn evening, and a winter night on a mountain. He became popular with these large works, and his popularity grew with smaller pieces and lithographies, namely 18 studies of Lauterbrunnen and Meiringen and the 24 sheets of Alpine passes. These were widespread in France, England, and Germany and are still today used to teach this style of painting.

He died in Menton, France in 1864.

An exhibition featuring more than thirty of Calame's paintings was held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 2006.
Selected works

Blick von Petit Saconnex auf Genf und den Montblanc, 1834, Leinwand, 31×44 cm. (Winterthur, Stiftung Oskar Reinhart)
Die Tempelruinen von Paestum, 1847, Leinwand, 195×260 cm.(Leipzig, Museum of Art)
Oak Trees.Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Notes on Art and Archaeology". The Academy. 27 June 1885. pp. 462–63..

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