THE LAKE OF THE FOUR CANTONS
Oil on canvas: 73 x 110 cm / 28.7 x 43.3 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of genre scenes and landscapes.
Jules Godenne was active in Ghent. He participated at the Ghent Triennial Exhibition of 1877.
The Lake of the Four Cantons, also called Lake Lucerne or Lake of Lucerne (in German: Vierwaldstättersee, in Italian: Lago dei Quattro Cantoni or Lago di Lucerna and in Romansh: Lai dals Quatter Chantuns), is a glacial lake in central Switzerland. It measures 38 kilometers from the mouth to the Reuss dam. It is located at 434 meters above sea level, covers 114 km² and reaches a depth of 214 meters.
The name comes from ‘Waldstätten’, an expression in German designating the three original cantons of Switzerland (Uri, Schwytz and Unterwald, including the cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden), with the canton of Lucerne.
The lake formed when the Reuss glacier retreated at the end of the last ice age, some 12.000 years ago.
Ghent 830 - 1926
P. Piron, "Dictionnaire des artistes plasticiens de Belgique des XIXe et Xxe siècles", Ohain 2011, Vol. 1, p. 637.