Anton Goering (1836–1905), Germany
The Cordillera, Venezuela, with Travelers on a Road, 1876
Watercolor on paper
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Goering, like fellow artist Charton, depicts the difficulties he faced traveling through rugged Latin American terrain by choosing to paint itinerant figures in a harsh landscape. Due to its precipitous cliffs and steep climbs, the Andes posed among the greatest challenges for travelers moving on foot or horseback through South America. The long road along this mountain range offered impressive vistas; the travelers in Goering’s Cordillera have stopped to admire just such a rocky view. Andean treks also offered glimpses of diverse populations.