Julius Lange, a native of Darmstadt, moved to Munich in 1840 and later became royal painter to King Maximilian of Bavaria. He traveled to Italy several times, and this landscape, probably depicting the Austrian Alps, may record one of those journeys. To reach Italy from Munich, Lange would probably have traveled through the Austrian provinces of Salzburg and Tyrol, regions marked by their crystal-clear lakes and spectacular mountains, such as the massive Dachstein. The large scale of this painting suggests that it was painted as an exhibition showpiece.
Oil on canvas
42 1/8 x 57 in. (107 x 144.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 2006.210