Gottfried (Goffredo) Wals
circa 1600 Cologne - 1638 or 1640 Calabria
Landscape with ruin and figure scenery
Owners seal verso. Oil on panel. 25.3 x 41.5 cm. Restored. Framed.
Counterpart to the following lot.
Gottfried Wals was born in Cologne. Early he travelled to Naples, from 1616 until 1618 he worked under Agostino Tassi in Rome. After his return to Naples he taught Claude Lorrain from 1620 until 1622. Later he can be traced in Genoa, Savona and again in Naples. He lost his life during an earthquake in southern Italy in 1638 or 1640. Gottfried Wals is regarded as one of the early, important and influential masters of pure landscape painting.
Only a few works can be attributed to Gottfried Wals. In 1992 Roethlisberger counted about two dozen works that can be associated with the artists oeuvre. Roethlisberger published for the first time the two now offered paintings by Wals. He emphasises the sophisticated light effects that distinguish both works as well as the relationship of the design of the trees with paintings by Adam Elsheimer. Roethlisberger dates the paintings to the early 1620s, the time when Claude Lorrain was Wals student.
Literature: Roethlisberger, Marcel G., From Goffredo Wals to Claude Lorrain - Recent discoveries, in: Apollo, vol. CXXXV, No 362, April 1992, pp. 209-214 (colour illustrations of the two offered paintings by G. Wals on p. 211).
Provenance: Gallery Alex Wengraf, London (after 1992). - Collection Reiner Winkler, Wiesbaden.