Caspar Wolf – der „Höhlenwolf“

Franz Lindenmayr

Caspar Wolf was born in Muri in the canton Aargau in 1735. In 1783 he was buried in a grave for the poor in Heidelberg. He trained as a church painter. The registry of his works consists of 511 pieces, and approximately 50 of his drawings and paintings show cave motifs. That ist he reason why he got the nick name „Höhlenwolf“, but could also be called „glacier-„ or „waterfall wolf“ because there are at least as many of these motifs in his oeuvre.
His most important painting period was between 1774 until 1779 when he got an order from Abraham Wagner, a publisher from Berne. He had to produce 200 paintings of mountain motifs for a book project. Several times he was painting in the Beatus cave. His most famous cave painting is from the „Bärenhöhle near Welschenrohr“, which is presented nowadays in the art museum of Solothurn.
The lecture shows the life of Wolf also in the context of his period, and above all some of his paintings. They are compared with paintings and photos from other times and by other artists.