Alpenrose and Edelweiss

Oil on canvas, 59″ x 39″ (149.8 cm x 99.1 cm), signed lower right ‘A. Muller-Ury’.

Historisches Museum, Gotthardstrasse, Altdorf, Uri, Switzerland. (INV. 1)

KUNSTMUSEUM, Bern, Switzerland: c. March 18 – April 18, 1888.
International Fine Arts Exhibition, Munich, Germany, July? 1888
KUNSTMUSEUM, Bern, Switzerland: 2nd National Art Exhibition of Pictures by Swiss Artists, Spring 1892.

Fremdenblatt, Munich, Germany, March 7, 1888.
Intelligenzblatt, Bern, Switzerland, March 18, 1888.
Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Switzerland, March 20, 1888.
Der Bund, Bern, Switzerland, March 21, 1888.
Schweizerische Morgen Zeitung, Basel, Switzerland, March 22, 1888.
Nouvelliste Vaudois, Journal nationale Suisse, Lausanne, March 23, 1888.
Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, March 24, 1888.
Basler Nachrichten, Switzerland, March 24, 1888.
Die Ostschweiz, St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 25, 1888.
Appenzeller Zeitung, Herisau, Switzerland, March 26, 1888.
Intelligenzblatt, Bern, Switzerland, March 28, 1888.
Tagblatt der Stadt St. Gallen, Switzerland, April 4, 1888.
Basler Nachrichten, Switzerland, April 13, 1888.
Journal de Geneve, Switzerland, April 15, 1888.
Appenzeller Volksfreund, Switzerland, May 5, 1888.
Journal de Jura, Switzerland, May 13, 1892
Appenzeller Zeitung, Switzerland, May 19, 1892
La Revue, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 1892
Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Switzerland, June 3, 1892
Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Switzerland, June 14, 1892
Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, January 28, 1905
Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, 121, November 12, 1997, 89: Karl Iten, ‘Alpenrose und Edelweiss’.

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Painted in 1887-88. Muller-Ury held a small show of four works at the Kunstmuseum in Bern in 1888, which should not be confused with the 1st National Art Exhibition in the same museum, where he exhibited just one portrait, that of Louis Ruchonnet, immediately afterwards.

The artist’s studio in 1894 showing Alpenrose and Edelweiss at the far left.

The picture before the 1905 alterations.

The picture hung in the artist’s studio at 58, West 57th Street, New York and was presented by the artist to the Museum in 1905 at the time he moved to his new studio at 33, West 67th Street. (Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, January 28, 1905.) The picture was valued then at Fr. 20,000. His signature may have been moved and small changes made at that time, notably that he added a support covering Edelweiss’s left nipple.