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Simon Malgo

Following training at the Kunstakademi of Copenhagen, Simon Malgo travelled to Rome in 1773, then Paris, and finally settled in Geneva, where he worked from 1777 to 1781.

He was part of a circle of Danish artists that had formed around the Genevan biologist and philosopher Charles Bonnet at his peaceful and elegant residence in Genthod. Malgo depicts this property and its splendid view of the lake and the Mont Blanc massif in two drawings that he had engravers translate into prints.

Malgo’s Genevan landscapes instil their calm and perfection, displaying a nature that is subjugated and enhanced, notably Mont Blanc, which was soon scaled for the very first time in 1786.