Mount Everest, also named Sagarmatha (Nepalesian), Chomolungma (Tibetian) or Zhumulungma (Chinese), is a symbol of extremes. It is supposed to be the highest mountain on earth, to be really dangerous and one of the last remaining adventures on earth. However, both aspects are not fully correct
The conquest of Everest started in the early 20th century. It produced many legends who had first achieved remarkable ascends or descends. Today, records are measured for almost everything: the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, and the oldest one. The fastest ascent with and without bottled oxygen, the first helicopter landing, the first descent by paraglider and the first descent by snowboard or skies.
I selected nine of those legend climbers and painted them.
Legends of Mount Everest
2013, 9 * 90 * 90 cm, Oil, Primer and Tempera on Linen
I chose this approach to characterize Mount Everest. Like Claude Joseph Vernet I am not convinced that any painting, drawing or photography existing so far is able to reflect the full size of Mount Everest – even the 2 GB photo of David Breashears fails in this aspect.
The portraits of George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Junko Tabei, Russell Brice, Marco Siffredi Robert Hall, Long Dorjee and an unknown climber give an impression of what it took to master the mountain. See the table for information from left to right and from top to bottom: