British, 1836–1912

A Lake in Bavaria

Signed by Anna Alma-Tadema L Alma Tadema/ AAT
Oil on canvas laid down on panel
9 x 14 inches (22.7 x 35.6 cm)
Framed: 13 x 18 inches (33 x 45.7 cm)


This work was painted between May 16th and May 30th, 1890 in the garden of Georg Ebers' summer residence in Tutzing, south of Munich, which the Alma-Tademas visited for the Ebers' silver wedding celebration. The artist made this study from a small cove, guarded by two large bronze Byzantine lions, looking out to the vast Starnberger Sea in Bavaria.

In a letter to Ebers, Alma-Tadema writes, "Do please have sunshine and clean atmosphere as I want to make a study of the Alps and the lake for a background of a picture I have begun." The picture he refers to is most likely The Kiss, painted in 1891 (Swanson, no. 351). Vern Swanson notes that "this study proved to be of great importance in Alma-Tadema's oeuvre, and was used in many of his paintings from the nineties" (Swanson, p. 242).

The Misses Alma-Tadema, London, 1912
Joseph H. Heil, New York, by 1962
Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, June 21, 1978, lot 193, illustrated
Masoud Rejaee (acquired at the above sale), until 1979
Private Collection, New York

London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1913, no. 120
New York, Robert Isaacson Gallery, An Exhibition to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1962, no. 19
Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, The Unknown Alma-Tadema: A Study in Connoisseurship (Vern Swanson, ed.), 1979, no. 18

Vern G. Swanson, The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, p. 242, no. 340, illustrated p. 441


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