Elger Esser, ‘Ruaud, France’, Christie's

Elger Esser (b. 1967)

Ruaud, France

signed ‘Elger Esser’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse)

color coupler print face-mounted on Plexiglas

72 3/4 x 97 1/2 in. (184.7 x 247.6 cm.)

Executed in 1998. This work is number five from an edition of five.

Signature: signed ‘Elger Esser’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse)

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

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