Signed and numbered on the back, in black, Daniel Spoerri, 2/50
This work is representative of Spoerri's art both technically and thematically, for it fits into the category of "tableaux pièges”. The artist defined the “tableau piège” technique as follows: "objects found in chance positions, in order or disorder (on tables, in boxes, drawers, etc.) are fixed as they are. Only the plane is changed: since the result is called a picture, what was horizontal becomes vertical. Example: remains of a meal are fixed to the table at which the meal was consumed and the table hung on the wall."
Indeed, the "tableaux pièges" often reproduced the meals that had been consumed by some of the most well-known artists in the world. Here, Spoerri makes a reference to Albert Anker (1831 – 1910). Anker was a painter and illustrator whose hallmark was the depiction of the life of Swiss villagers during the nineteenth-century. Due to his popularity, Anker is regarded as Switzerland's "national painter". It is understandable why Spoerri chose this subject matter, if one considers the fact that he has Swiss citizenship. The alternative title, " The Alpenhorn", is an allusion to Anker's preoccupation with the rustic side of Switzerland.