View of the Valley of Trippstadt in the Pfalz

Ferdinand Kobell1770s or 1780s

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Carefully framed, this composition captures the picturesque character of a valley in Kobell's native Pfalz, a region of southwestern Germany.

The artist marveled at the majestic grandeur of a group of trees and the curious shapes of rocks overgrown by vegetation. Using black chalk with great mastery, Kobell depicted the varied surfaces and textures of the natural elements. He maintained that the genre of landscape was about creating ideal images rather than merely copying nature.


  • Title: View of the Valley of Trippstadt in the Pfalz
  • Creator: Ferdinand Kobell
  • Date Created: 1770s or 1780s
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 43.3 × 34.5 cm (17 1/16 × 13 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2009.67
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Ferdinand Kobell (German, 1740 - 1799)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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