Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 23 (Sale info: To Be Auctioned).
None of the modern landscape painters has been more successful in painting philosophical thoughts. Mr. Jaspers has succeeded in representing on canvas the deep philosophy expressed in the following words of the well-known German poet Schiller: "Alles zerstoert und alles, erneut die ewig drehende schoepfung,/ Und ein stilles gesetz lenkt der verwandlungen spiel." ("All destroys and all renews the ever turning creation,/ And a silent law directs the play of the transformations.") The fine execution of this painting in all its parts is striking. The weather-beaten rocks, excavated by storms and the dashing of the waves, the ice pressing towards the cliffs, the old precipitated firs and oaks, offer a true image of the destructive powers of nature. The first ray of the sun, a sign of the approaching spring, melting the winter snow, reconciles us again with the destructive powers, and spreads new life through nature. The whole execution of the picture corresponds with this beautiful description of nature's laws. Is it so rich in scenery that we can look at it for hours without noticing that there is no living figure in the landscape* With really conscientious scruples, everything is avoided that could remind us of men or man's work. [P. 6; see entry 06130003 for related commentary.]
Catalogue of the Rhenish-Belgian Gallery of Paintings, living Belgian and German Masters, exhibiting in the rooms of the National Academy of Design, 668 Broadway, opposite Bond Street, New York. This entire collection of fine pictures, will be sold at Auction, by H.H. Leeds & Co., as above, on Wednesday, October 12th, at eleven a.m., without reserve. On and after Saturday, 8th October, they will be on exhibition free.