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Alexandre Calame
Vevey, 1810 — 1864

Alexandre Calame’s (1810, Vevey – 1864, Menton) painting is in the tradition of Romanticism, which credited nature as being an overwhelming force. Calame initially worked in banking before taking lessons from landscape painter François Diday, later dedicating himself entirely to painting. The artist often found his subjects amidst the mountainous landscapes of the alps. He was less concerned with the exact reproduction of reality more so with dramatic displays of force that nature could wield, leaving mankind defencelessly exposed. In the Alps Calame made sketches of nature, later using them in his Geneva studio as models for oil paintings. From 1835 he exhibited his Swiss Alpine and forest landscapes in Paris and Berlin. His works basked under international recognition during the artist's lifetime and continue to be held in high esteem today.

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