Biedermann, paysage animé
Johann Jakob Biedermann (1763-1830)

Landscape with Cattle

Oil on canvas, H. 0.27 m; W. 0.35 m

Signed lower left: JJB.

Provenance: Private collection

Biedermann learned to draw under the tutelage of Johann Rudolf Schellenberg in Winterthur, and further improved under Heinrich Rieter in Bern. He then worked with Lory and Höferli on several topographic works representing Switzerland and Russia. He began teaching in his own right in Basel starting in 1807, then in Constance around 1814, before setting out on a series of voyages to Stuttgart, Augsburg, Dresden and Munich.

A skilled animal painter, he painted landscapes and picturesque-style pieces with a naturalist feel, rooted in the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His collection of engravings is also remarkable, and includes a series of twenty-five plates featuring animals, people, and scenes of everyday life in Switzerland. His compositions are characterised by their warm, late-afternoon colours, as represented here in our painting.