Influenced by Johan Christian Clausen Dahl - a Romantic landscape painter - Edmund Hottenroth turned towards realism and always aimed for a realistic rendering of landscape and mood. Presented here are the ruins of Paestum immersed in delicate evening or morning light. The site is located in Campania in Southern Italy. Although Hottenroth intention was an image true to nature, one still feels the touch of a romanticized glorification.
The painting is in good condition, consistent with age. The surface shows craquelure in places, along the edges slight abrasion due to framing can be seen occasionally. Upon an investigation with UV-light, several touch-ups appeared, especially along the edges. In the area of the clouds on the left half of the image two small restorations with patches to the reverse can be found. The frame is in very good condition.
Edmund (also Edmond) Hottenroth (1804-1889)
Under the guidance of his father, Hottenroth dealt with drawing and painting from nature since early adolescence. From 1816-17, he attended the drawing school of the Königlich Sächsische Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Dresden, but unlike his brother he was not able to continue his studies at the Art Academy due to financial reasons. Thus from 1817 onwards, he trained as businessman in Dresden. Nevertheless, he kept on studying painting from nature autodidactic and also received instructions from Caspar David Friedrich and Johan Clausen Dahl. Together with his brother Hottenroth traveled to the Sudeten Mountains and to Paris and finally via Switzerland to Italy. From 1930 onwards, he lived and worked in Rome until his death and was also a member of the local German artist circle. (nlu)