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Alexandre Calame : “Swiss Landscape” (c. 1830)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

Alexandre Calame has been described as the leading Swiss landscape painter of the 19th century. As a child, he suffered an accident that cost him the sight of one eye. When his debt-ridden father died at the age of 16, leaving him his mother’s sole means of support, he supplemented his income as a bank clerk by coloring engravings for the print trade. His kindly employer, noticing his aptitude, made it possible for him to take lessons from the landscape painter François Diday. By 1845 he had surpassed his teacher, gaining international acclaim. In his review of the Paris Salon of that year, Charles Baudelaire quibbled that it had once been thought that there was a single painter with a split personality working under the names of Diday and Calame, and that “it was noted that he used the name Calame on the days when his painting went well.”

Swiss Landscape may be one of over 500 paintings that were discovered in Calame’s studio after his death, having been created for personal enjoyment rather than exhibition. The National Gallery in Washington notes its departure from “the very conventions upon which he based his career. In lieu of the dramatic vistas of the Alps with snowcapped peaks, he presents a quieter view of the Swiss landscape: idyllic and picturesque rather than sublime, inhabited and tamed by people rather than denying their very presence. The overall effect is inviting and soothing rather than forbidding and awe inspiring…Calame does not celebrate the power of nature, but rather its quiet, subtle beauty bathed in a gentle radiance.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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