Lake Como, with its lights and reflections on the waters, has been brilliantly described by poets and writers, but it has fascinated many artists as well. American landscape painter Charles Warren Eaton (1857-1937) regularly visited Lake Como and was inspired by its landscape.
Like many American artists of his generation, Eaton traveled abroad to study in Paris, Munich and London. After his first trip in 1886, he regularly visited Europe and spent the summers of 1910, 1911 and 1912 as well as 1923 in Italy. In the landscape and the hillside villages around Lake Como, he found sources of particular inspiration.
In his deeply personal interpretation of the landscape, he uses soft light and muted tones to create intimate views of nature, where the human figure is absent, offering a personal poetic vision of the lake and of its solitary beauty.
In his summer visits to Lake Como he painted deeply personal, suggestive views, glimpses of Varenna, of Bellagio and of the opposite coast, choosing the mysterious night luminosity or the softest sunlight, best suited to express his personal poetic vision of the landscape.