Fragment Nature. Oil and Light
Christian Friedrich Gille derives from a 19th century tradition of landscape painting in Dresden, which was influenced by Caspar David Friedrich and his environment. In the context of romantic landscape painting, Gille took up his artistic work and completed his apprenticeship with Johan Christian Clausen Dahl in 1827-30, of whom he was one of the most important pupils. Throughout his oeuvre, which was created during a remarkably long lifetime, Gille remained true to his independent and unconventional style of painting: a large part of his artistic work was landscape studies and sketches, which were created on site in nature. It is precisely these small-format pictorial inventions that surprise us with an almost impressionist manner, an idiosyncratic and unconventional point of view, and a painterly vehemence. Gilles's work of study comprises many hundreds of works that received little attention during his lifetime; his fragmentary gaze and the character of his oil studies had little in common with the pictorial language of his time. It seems all the more remarkable that, despite his lack of success, he pursued his artistic career tirelessly. In contrast to his contemporaries, he did not see his studies and sketches created in nature as preparatory works for larger, composed paintings, but rather painted them for their own sake.