(Burghausen 1873 - Dusseldorf 1968)
Moonlit Landscape with Cliffs
The composition silhouetted at the top edge and mounted onto a thick board, and the whole sheet bordered with framing lines in black ink.
Signed and dated Ed. Steppes / 1913. at the lower left.
181 x 196 mm. (7 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.) [image]
206 x 241 mm. (8 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.) [sheet]
Steppes used his drawings and sketches as source material and studies for paintings, and assiduously kept them in boxes, although much of this material was lost when his studio was destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War.
The present sheet is typical of the sophisticated landscapes produced by Steppes work before the outbreak of the First World War. In a review of an exhibition of the artist’s work in 1913, the same year as this drawing, a critic described the landscape sketches as ‘strange works of an unworldly poetic nature reminiscent of Augustin Hirschvogel or the Master E.S., more dreamed than actually seen, these sheets are quite suitable for silent observers in peaceful hours.’
A stylistically comparable drawing of a cliff face in the Dolomites by Steppes is in the collection of the Oberhausmuseum in Passau.