“Lester River, Duluth” Antique Landscape Oil Painting by Feodor Von Luerzer For Sale
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 21

“Lester River, Duluth” Antique Landscape Oil Painting by Feodor Von Luerzer

About

Little ascribes scale better to a landscape than the addition of figures, which in this Fine scene leaves the viewer awed by the sheer scale of the surrounding trees and towering boulders. In capturing the contemporary beside nature, the artist chooses to contextualize the work and place it firmly in the historical timeline, whereas a landscape devoid of modernity can be timeless. Luerzer's choice to include figures in this scene is important and completely changes the drama and emotion of the image. Here a middle aged man and woman have ventured into the total isolation of the forest to picnic on the banks of the Lester River. The natural colors of their clothing match the earthy tones of the warm near-sepia palette Luerzer used to capture the land. Both figures are dressed in their best, a cumbersome way to move through nature, but interestingly tells a story of an ethic: things worth doing are difficult. Both figures have prepared extensively with a blanket, picnic basket, a glass and a bottle of wine. A silkiness in the falling water captures the peacefulness of the river as it moves through the woods, neither figure focusing on the other, both with a distant gaze lost in the forest behind the viewer. This is a notable departure from the more common depiction of peasantry and farmers in the countryside. The Lester River in Duluth, Minnesota is an area Luerzer painted at least several times, though without figures - it is interesting to compare these to the scale and presence of the present image to get a feel for the effect. A work that similarly uses figures to this effect in creating awe and a sense of natural majesty is his Figures in the Redwoods (1904), a painting commissioned by Robert Whitley of Duluth during Luerzer's one year trip through the western states. In it, a pair of figures sit on logs surrounded by towering redwood trees that Whitley acquired for lumber and instead chose to conserve. Literature & Further Reading: Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary, Weidman, 2000, p. 894 Measurements: 27 5/8" H x 47 7/8" W [canvas]; 36 1/4" H x 56 5/8" W x 2 7/8" D [frame] Condition Report: Old relining on linen. Contemporary frame with some wear. Clean and vibrant surface. Restoration visible under UV, including spot touch ups in the sky, a larger group of flaring on the right edge where a 1" tear was repaired, some varnish flaring upper left corner that is difficult to read. Small chips where frame rubs in extreme lower left corner and extreme upper left corner. One dimple with associated paint loss (below the dip in the sky) - we can have these restored upon request.

Details

  • Creator
    Feodor Von Luerzer (Painter)
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890
  • Condition Details
    See condition notes in description text.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 36.25 in. x W 56.63 in. x D 2.88 in.H 92.08 cm x W 143.85 cm x D 7.32 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Seller Reference Number
    908DJG22A | Silla, ltd.
  • Reference Number
    LU1059016024852
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 1 day of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

4.9 / 5
Vetted
Platinum
Recognized
1stdibs seller since 2014
Located in Shippensburg, PA
More From This Seller
Hudson River Valley Oil Landscape Painting, 19th Century
Hudson River Valley Oil Landscape Painting, 19t...
Antique 19th Century American Paintings
Canvas, Giltwood, Paint
A finely painted scene in oil on canvas executed in the manner of the Hudson River Valley school, this vivid landscape depicts a sweeping view of the countryside. The scene is handle...
 Antique 19th Century Oil Landscape Painting of Shepherd by J. Hoppenbrouwers
Antique 19th Century Oil Landscape Painting of...
Antique 19th Century Dutch Paintings
Paint
Executed in oil on oak panel, this scene captures a shepherd and his dog walking the flock home at the end of the day along a rough dirt path during golden hour where the sun hits th...
“Figures Working the Field” Antique Oil Landscape Painting by Johannes Lippmann
“Figures Working the Field” Antique Oil Landsca...
20th Century German Barbizon School Paintings
Canvas, Paint
While relatively little is known of his life, Johannes Lippmann was a prolific painter and broadly collected by the German middle class of the early 20th century. During 1935 his mem...
British School Antique Oil Landscape Painting of “A Hunting Party"
British School Antique Oil Landscape Painting o...
Antique 19th Century European British Colonial Paintings
Canvas, Wood, Paint
A fine sweeping landscape for being a relatively small work the detail throughout is simply outstanding. The painting depicts a large hunting party of riders and their mounts followi...
You May Also Like
Oil Painting by B. Lambert / K. Kaufman Autumn Landscape with River
Oil Painting by B. Lambert / K. Kaufman Autumn ...
Karl Kaufmann
Antique 1890s Austrian Paintings
Canvas
Oil painting by Kal Kaufmann (signed B. Lambert (1843 - 1901)) Autumn landscape (forest scene) with river The outer frame measures 92 x 45cm. The actual picture is 82 x 35cm big. S...
Oil Painting by B. Lambert / K. Kaufman Autumn Landscape with River
Oil Painting by B. Lambert / K. Kaufman Autumn ...
Karl Kaufmann
Antique 1890s Austrian Paintings
Canvas
Oil painting by Karl Kaufmann (signed B. Lambert (1843-1901)) Autumn landscape (forest scene) with river The outer frame measures 92 x 45cm. The actual picture is 82 x 35cm big. Go...
Landscape by River, Oil on Canvas
Landscape by River, Oil on Canvas
20th Century Paintings
Beautiful oil on canvas landscape in antique gold frame.
Antique English Landscape Oil Painting
Antique English Landscape Oil Painting
Antique 1880s English Paintings
Antique landscape oil painting that we believe was painted by an English, or possibly an Irish painter in the late 1800s. There are prior repairs visible on the backside, but not fro...
Large Antique Hudson River School Oil on Canvas Landscape Painting, circa 1900
Large Antique Hudson River School Oil on Canvas...
20th Century Paintings
Canvas
Antique Hudson River school oil on canvas landscape painting depicts mountainous scene with figures gathering in the foreground and village scene in the background, unsigned, circa 1...
Lester Goldman Painting, Untitled, Oil on Canvas
Lester Goldman Painting, Untitled, Oil on Canvas
Early 2000s American Modern Paintings
Oil Painting on Canvas by Lester Goldman. A stunning example of his later work. This work is untitled and was created in during 2004 and 2005, not long before his passing.
Original Antique Oil Painting Landscape by Jens Vige
Original Antique Oil Painting Landscape by Jens...
Early 20th Century Danish Paintings
Canvas
Small original antique Danish oil on canvas - a lovely and calming landscape painting of trees in a pasture under cloudy skies. The canvas is mounted in a giltwood frame and signed V...
Mountainous River Landscape Oil on Canvas
Mountainous River Landscape Oil on Canvas
Antique Late 19th Century Paintings
A mountainous river landscape with two figures in the foreground. Oil on canvas. Signed 'A. Hoffman', circa 1870.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries