Sunset

(1832-1931)

Size: 15 x 22 inches (38.1 x 55.9 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: H Herzog. Numbered on stretcher: 807
Why We Love It

This is the most luminous work by the artist we have come across. It’s soft, late daylight and hazy atmosphere almost glows. Few other artists (Albert Bierstadt immediately comes to mind) captured light so dramatically. While many paintings by Hermann Herzog demonstrate his exacting draftsmanship and technical skill, few can claim the serenity and beauty of this painting.

The Value

Hermann Herzog’s prices can swing wildly depending on subject, location and condition. This work is unlined and in pristine condition. The fact that it is a European scene rather than a depiction of the Rocky Mountains makes it more affordable, but in terms of its innate quality as a painting, it is in the top tier of the artist’s efforts. It is in a fine 1880s period frame.