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Landscape painter Alexandre Calame is best known for his paintings of the Swiss Alps. He is also a member of the Düsseldorf School. Known for his lyricism, his work combines light and shade with bold colors. Despite his association with this group, he remained an independent artist. 

Despite his relatively modest beginnings, Calame's art would later enjoy international renown. His masterpiece, Orage a la Handeck (1833), won a prize at the Salon du Louvre and became a national anthem. Critics in Geneva called it a national painting. His teacher, Francois Diday, had also taught him, and it is not surprising that he would gain so much recognition in Europe. By the time of his death, Calame was receiving commissions from all over Europe.

Calame's works continued to sell well in 1840. In the Netherlands, he had studied the landscape masters of Jacob van Ruisdael and Meindert Hobbema, and these painters would influence his later work. In the year 1840, he was awarded his third exhibition at the Salon. He showed the remains of his former workshop in the south-west of Switzerland in his famous Workshop in Valais. His painting of this scene was sketchy for his time, though the original source is a drawing.

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