Franz Arthur Bischoff (1864-1929) Mount Alice 34 1/2 x 30in overall: 41 3/4 x 37 1/4in (Painted circa 1920)

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Lot 42
Franz Arthur Bischoff
(1864-1929)
Mount Alice 34 1/2 x 30in overall: 41 3/4 x 37 1/4in

Sold for US$ 33,750 inc. premium
Franz Arthur Bischoff (1864-1929)
Mount Alice
signed 'Franz A Bischoff' (lower left), titled and inscribed 'High Sierra/FA Bischoff/S. Pasadena' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
34 1/2 x 30in
overall: 41 3/4 x 37 1/4in
Painted circa 1920

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Southern California.

    The present work is one of several versions entitled Mount Alice that Franz A. Bischoff painted circa 1920 when he began taking extended painting trips to the Sierra Nevada mountains along with fellow artists Conrad Buff and Edgar Payne. Buff was the conduit between Bischoff and Payne, and in his memoir, Buff recounts one of their trips to the Big Pine Canyon region as being so hot and steep that they had to cool his truck's radiator several times. 1

    This particular view in the Palisades is now known as the north face of Temple Crag, with the second of seven Big Pine Lakes in the foreground. As in Bischoff's day, this region remains steep, rugged, and accessible only by backpacking.

    The colors of this region particularly captured Bischoff's imagination, with its turquoise glacial lake and late afternoon alpenglow. As was his habit (but also likely owing to the arduous hike down into Second Lake and the need to return to camp before nightfall), Bischoff painted small oil sketches en plein air to precede his large compositions back in his studio. 2 This gave him some freedom to interpret its colors as he remembered them. In Mount Alice at Midday, Mount Alice at Sunset, and the present work, it is interesting to note that the proportion of shadows on the Temple Crag would suggest the same time of day, but through dazzling coloration, saturation and texture, their moods are dramatically different.

    1 Jean Stern, Franz A. Bischoff: The Life & Art of an American Master, Irvine: The Irvine Museum, 2010, p. 93.
    2 Ibid, p. 55, 94.
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