Landscape Engravings

Landscape Engravings

Katharina Anna Loidl

Amazement, idyll, and transformation: Katharina Anna Lodl questions common alpine romanticism



Title Information

With contributions by Vitus Weh and Paolo Bianchi

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and German


64 pages, 52 color illustrations

26.5 x 21 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-530-9


For her most recent series, Austrian artist Katharina Anna Loidl has reworked steel engravings of Swiss alpine landscapes, transforming the original nineteenth-century prints with an etching needle and burin. By removing parts of the printer’s ink, Loidl also removes portions of the landscapes. In their place, she introduces simple geometric shapes, deliberately lacking in distinguishing architectural detail so that viewers are encouraged to imagine structures of their choosing—apartment blocks, industrial buildings, or sports facilities—added to the idyllic images.

Landscape Engravings brings together fifty of Loidl’s alpine landscapes. Vitus Weh’s essay examines the sublime and crystalline character of Loidl’s art, and Paolo Bianchi looks at aspects of romanticism, landscape as sensation, and the art of repetition. By introducing spatial interventions to the idealized images, Loidl asks the viewer to consider the impact of residential and industrial encroachment on the natural world and the value we ought to place on its preservation.

Authors & Editors

Paolo Bianchi

 is a freelance curator of contemporary art and art in public space. He also lectures at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and contributes to Kunstforum International art magazine.

Katharina Anna Loidl

,  born 1978, lives and works as a freelance artist in Linz, Austria. She graduated in experimental design, fine art, and cultural studies from Kunstuniversität Linz. Her work in photography, video, objects, and installation has been featured in international solo and group exhibitions.

Vitus Weh

 is a scholar in cultural studies and lives and works as a freelance curator and museum designer in Vienna.