Elger Esser, ‘Canal des Allemands, Frankreich’, 1997, Phillips

Overall 48 3/4 x 64 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (123.8 x 163.5 x 4.8 cm)

Signature: Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 2/5 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

Schirmer/Mosel, Elger Esser: Vedutas and Landscape, pp. 36-37 there dated 1998

Private Collection, London
Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 24 April 2003, lot 69

About Elger Esser

Elger Esser’s pale, luminous landscape photographs, which are almost entirely unpeopled and frequently feature a straight, low horizon line, have been compared to both early-19th-century photography and Dutch landscape paintings of the 17th century. Like other German photographers such as Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, Esser studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher in Dusseldorf. His images typically capture European lowlands— softly lit beaches, wetlands, valleys, or riverbeds—in which Esser evokes the sublime. Imbuing his landscapes with a quiet romance, Esser models his style on postcard images, which have fascinated the artist since childhood.

German, b. 1967, Stuttgart, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany