Explore beautiful mountain imagery at John Mitchell Fine Paintings gallery in London
Our sixteenth winter exhibition and accompanying catalogue of Alpine paintings, drawings and vintage photography from the 1850s to the present day is now open and will run until 3rd March.
Peaks and Glaciers offers much topographical diversity but, as ever, opts for quality over any attempt to cover all the better known Alpine resorts and peaks.
Prices range from £ 950 to £ 95,000.
For well over a decade, through both selling and loan exhibitions, I have tried to develop a wider appreciation of paintings of the Alps from the late eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The focus remains on the Swiss, French and British painters such as Alexandre Calame, his pupil, Gabriel Loppé, Charles-Henri Contencin and Jacques Fourcy.
In the nineteenth century scientists, writers, artists and composers alike headed to the Alps, and as with the eighteenth century Grand Tour and its requisite destinations, the region’s valleys, passes, peaks and glaciers began to lure more and more visitors.
The pioneering climbers and scientists such as Leslie Stephen, John Tyndall and Edward Whymper belonged to the earlier generation, the Golden Age of Mountaineering’s ‘Founding Fathers’, but by the end of the nineteenth century Alpine tourism had expanded rapidly.
With faster travel and easier access to hitherto remote valleys, the villages of Chamonix, Lauterbrunnen and Zermatt responded with a building spree of hotels and cog railways, and the widespread publication of postcards and other images of the Alps broadened their appeal.
Countless late nineteenth century artists, specifically from the northern schools of painting, travelled to Italy and round the Mediterranean adding Europe’s mountainous regions, glacial lakes and valleys to their repertoire.
The story of early photographers and the Alps continues to captivate buyers and this year, to reflect the gallery’s increasing involvement in this field of collecting, the prints have their own distinct section in the catalogue. Demand outstripped supply, particularly in the case of the early photographs which were so cumbersome and expensive to create, but, crucially, these mementoes of such wondrous landscapes allowed the viewers to supplant themselves and stand in the artist’s footsteps.
‘Peaks and Glaciers’ exhibition will be open until the 3rd of March 2017
Download the Exhibition Catalogue