George Andries Roth
Idyllic Landscape with Bridge over a River
Oil on panel, 18 x 23 cm, signed and dated lower right: Roth 1836.
George Andries Roth painted this brightly colored idyllic landscape during his study tour in Germany where he travelled in 1835-1836 along the Rhine and Ruhr, as did more Romantic painters. Roth travelled in the foodsteps of his teacher George Pieter Westenberg (1791-1873) and Barend Cornelis Koekkoek. The latter started in the summer of 1834 to explore the region’s majestic rocks, waterfalls, high mountains and romantic valleys, a subject matter he could not find in his own land.
Like other Romantic painters such as Koekkoek, Roth painted the motif of tiny figures within imposing natural environments to contrast man’s paltriness with the greatness of creation.
Roth mainly worked and lived in Amsterdam, where he was a member of the Royal Academy since 1839. His pupils were Elias Pieter van Bommel, Cornelis Petrus ’t Hoen and Pieter Lodewijk Francisco Kluyver.
Roth’s production ranges from extensive river valleys to idyllic forest views and cityscapes. His works are in the Rijksmuseum and the Gemeentemuseum in Arnhem.