A very poetic landscape, oil on board, 18" by 13" (24 1/2" by 19 1/2" in gold frame), the scene an idyllic mountain setting, a large and important-looking house at left, a water wheel at right powering a mill, a tiny female figure and goats at left relaxing on a lawn. The light is luminous, handled well by an obviously talented hand. The artist, who signed at lower left in green, is FERDINAND SOMMER (1822-1901). On the back of the board is written in pencil in old hand "Muhle Goldau" (mill, Goldau, which is a picturesque town in central Switzerland south of Zurich and east of Luzern). The auction record, much of it in Switzerland, shows Sommer was a prolific landscapist, with Switzerland's high mountains, dramatic valleys, and waterfalls, commonly depicted in his works. The beautifully luminous light, seen in this example, seems to be present in most of the paintings. This piece is in very good condition considering the advanced age. A light cleaning would be desirable. There is a chip of missing paint at extreme lower left corner. The board has shrunk a little with age and will need to be properly affixed within the framing. The gold frame, probably the original, has corner losses, and at top, a rectangular area shows where the leaf was stripped off when a piece of tape was carelessly applied at some point.
FERDINAND SOMMER (1822-1901) Swiss art poetic landscape house and water wheel in mountains