Balthasar Anton DUNKER
(Saal 1746 - Bern 1807)
Landscape with a Peasant Family by a Path
Laid down on an old mount.
Signed and dated Dessiné par B: A: Dunker 1775 near the lower right corner.
284 x 219 mm. (11 1/8 x 8 5/8 in.) [image]
290 x 223 mm. (11 3/8 x 8 3/4 in.) [sheet]
299 x 233 mm. (11 3/4 x 9 1/8 in.) [including mount]
The present sheet is dated 1775, not long after the artist began living and working in Bern. Finished, fully signed and dated watercolours such this were undoubtedly intended as autonomous works of art, to be sold to collectors. Indeed, many of Dunker’s finished watercolours of this period were sent to Wille in Paris to be offered for sale there, which may be why the artist elected to inscribe this work in French.
Among stylistically comparable watercolours by Dunker is a Painter Seated Before a Waterfall, signed and dated 1779, in the collection of the Kunstmuseum in Bern.