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The first snow on the alpine pastures
(La Première Neige sur l'Alm)

oil on canvas
118.5 × 222.7 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: Otto Weber.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1868
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Gallery location
Not on display

Exhibited Salon, Paris, 1866, no. 1968; acquired from the artist for The French Gallery (dealer), London,
c. 1866; there exhibited, 1867; from where purchased by Alfred Taddy Thompson for the NGV, 1868.

Salon, Paris, 1866, no. 1968; The French Gallery, London, 1867; The First Collections, University Gallery, Melbourne, 1992.

Acquired for Melbourne in 1868 this is one of the earliest monumental European landscape paintings to enter the NGV’s collection. It proved to be a very influential painting as it was often copied by students at the National Gallery School. It was shown at the Paris Salon in 1866, just two years before it came to Australia.