Swiss Landscapes - Schweitzer Kleinmeister

The Alpine Landscape in Prints


The magnificent landscapes and panoramas of the Swiss Alps have captivated artists for centuries.

During the Romantic age, the Alps and Swiss mountain peasants symbolized an arcadian ideal of man living close to nature.

Later during the Victorian era's boom in tourism, handcolored engravings and lithographs of Alpine scenes became a popular souvenir, collected by travelers from Europe and beyond.

A number of extraordinary Swiss artists -- often known as the "Little Masters"or "Schweitzer Kleinmeister" -- dedicated themselves to documenting life in the Alps. Among the most renowed of these artists were Gabriel Lory (the father and the son), Christian von Mechel, Franz Niklaus Koenig and Johann Ludwig Aberli.

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Above: The Staubbach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley
Handcolored Engraving from a collection entitled "Museum of Wonders" (Museum der Wundern - No. 38.)

Detail from an Aquatint Engraving by Gabriel Lory


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