This sketch, executed in brisk strokes with thinned paint in monochrome tones, is thought to reflect Dillis’s interest in English watercolor technique. In Rome, Dillis studied works by English landscape painters he admired, including Richard Wilson and Joseph Wright of Derby, as well as pictures by the Austrian master Joseph Anton Koch, all of whose works may be seen in this gallery.
sale, Neumeister, Munich, March 19, 2003, no. 543, as "Der Nemi-See mit Blick auf Genzano," for €5,000 ($5,512); [Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi, London, in 2003]; [Jean-François Heim, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
London. Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi. "Out into Nature: The Dawn of Plein-Air Painting in Germany, 1820–1850," June 24–July 11, 2003, no. 14 (as "View of Lake Nemi and the Town Genzano").
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Lake Nemi with View of Genzano").
Barbara Hardtwig. Unpublished opinion. January 26, 1983 [see catalogue of 2003 Neumeister sale], dates it about 1805.
Gerd-Helge Vogel and Hans-Juergen Moesch inOut into Nature: The Dawn of Plein-Air Painting in Germany, 1820–1850. Exh. cat., Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi. London, 2003, pp. 15, 44–45, no. 14, ill. (color), misidentify the town as Genzano; note that this sketch "emulates the 'beau ideal' of English watercolours" that the artist admired, notably those by Richard Wilson; observe the faint pencil underdrawing and monochromatic palette.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 119, no. 52, ill. (color), calls it "Nemi" and dates it about 1805.
Aurelio Fichter. Gezeichnete Kunst. Vol. 18, Der Zeit entflohen. Frankfurt am Main, 2012, p. 22, discusses the painting in connection with a related drawing.
Artist: Johann Georg von Dillis (German, Grüngiebing 1759–1841 Munich)Date: late 18th–mid-19th centuryMedium: Black chalk, pen and brown and black ink, brush and gray ink, heightened with white body color on beige paper
Accession: 2003.517On view in:Not on view
Artist: Johann Georg von Dillis (German, Grüngiebing 1759–1841 Munich)Date: 18th–early 19th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over graphiteAccession: 2008.614On view in:Not on view
Artist: Johann Georg von Dillis (German, Grüngiebing 1759–1841 Munich)Date: late 18th–mid 19th centuryMedium: Pen and black ink, grey and blue wash, watercolour, over graphiteAccession: 2009.28On view in:Not on view