This translucent vista of Triglav and a valley that is today besieged by tourists presents us with a remote and unspoilt natural landscape and a pastoral ideal; at the bottom right of the picture we observe a shepherd and his flock.
Wettach, who was also a musician and a teacher of painting, was born in Vienna. During his time in Ljubljana he worked within the ethnic German community, which cultivated a separate identity from the majority Slovenian community. Nevertheless, Alpine iconography proved to be a common denominator – Wettach depicted small mountain villages and manufactories, Lake Bled with its island, Podkoren near Kranjska Gora and the Vrata valley. His style is fairly conservative; he is distinguished from Biedermeier painting by his more delicate, lighter and less filigree brushwork.
Heinrich Wettach belongs to the generation of international artists working within Austria Hungary who, following the break-up of the Empire into individual states and the ensuing ethnic homogenisation, remained forgotten on one or other side of the border, or even on both. He may be compared to Ernst Stöhr (1860–1917), a representative of the Vienna Secession, who lived and worked in Bohinj and incorporated this now iconic Slovenian landscape into his melancholy paintings.