First Snow, The. Scene in the Bavarian Alps near Partenkirchen, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 90 (Sale info: $4000.00).
This large oil painting represents the beginning of winter. . . . The time is about the middle of the afternoon in the late autumn. The light comes in from the left, as the shadowy sides of the mountain peaks inform us. . . . An old shepherd, . . . halts before [an old crucifix, roofed to protect it from the weather]; near him a weary mule, laden with well-filled panniers, is patiently waiting his master's bidding . . . [with] a little dog . . . With uncovered head, and crook in hand, the herdsman stands before the cross at the turn of the steep mountain road, . . . [which winds upward to the right and disappears behind the mountain.] . . . The snow is falling. Through the thinner clouds, the rays of the sun are passing, lighting them up, . . . Nearer the horizon the clouds are denser, and in the distance, mountain and cloud imperceptibly mingle in one soft grey fleecy mass. . . . In the middle ground is a cluster of lofty, scraggy pines, and another cluster to their left. On the extreme left, relieved against the base of the mighty cliffs, stands an almost branchless dead pine on the brink of the bed of a torrent now dry, . . . On the extreme left are bald, rocky escarpments. On the right near the fore ground, two columns of rock, separated by a narrow chasm, stand out from the mountain side like buttresses. . . . [Pp. 23-27.]
Catalogue of German and Italian Paintings, collected in Europe by L.C. Hopkins, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1868. Cincinnati: Press of Robert Clarke & Co., 65 West Fourth Street.