Josef Matěj Navrátil / Mountain Landscape near Vyšší Brod
The painting Mountain Landscape near Vyšší Brod is a work from the period of the artist’s greatest achieve- ments. It was executed in the spirit of the prevailing Romantic trend. The subject matter is a typically fanciful mountain landscape dominated by a shack above a waterfall. The tall mountains surrounding the shack and the waterful are partly veiled in mist. The scene is augmented by figures that are dwarfed by the monumental peaks. The painting is a splendid synthesis of Romanticism and the Rococo Revival. The deliberate distancing of the figures emphasises the dominance, size and power of the fanciful mountain scenery. The mist and the powerful foaming waterfull recall the elemental nature of the high mountains. By this approach Navrátil confirmed the attitude to the question of the ideal landscape and how to render it adopted by central-European artists of the first half of the 19th century.