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Henri Lebert (1794–1862)

View of Lac de Fischbœdlé, around 1828

The Musée Unterlinden boasts fine collections of paintings in various genres, but its rich collection of landscape paintings is of particular interest. Covering a period extending from the late 18th century to the mid-19th century, this group of works amply illustrates the Romantic attachment to the natural world, and thus the naturalistic approach to landscape painting. A number of Alsatian painters were exponents of this tradition, such as Michel Hertrich, who painted urban scenes in Colmar, or Henri Lebert. Lebert tirelessly travelled the idyllic Alsatian countryside in search of subjects for paintings, recorded in countless rapid sketches that he later reworked in his studio to create superb sepia drawings serving as the basis for his canvases. In this topographically precise view of Lac de Fischbœdlé, a lake in the Haut-Rhin, Lebert devotes equally careful attention to the rendering of atmospheric effects and the celebration of the landscape’s sublime character. Rarely examined in its own right until now, Romantic landscape painting in Alsace will be the subject of an exhibition at the Musée Unterlinden in spring 2011.

Henri Lebert (1794–1862)
 

Henri Lebert, View of Lac de Fischbœdlé, around 1828. Oil on canvas, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar.