The autumn season in the mountains is extraordinary. The trees and plants change colour. The landscape becomes as if painted with various shades of brown, red and yellow. This composition of colours, distributed unevenly across the landscape, gives the impression of something incredibly precious, which we should appreciate. All the more so because this spectacle is fleeting. It passes very quickly. We say – golden autumn. Gold has a warm colour. So this name seems appropriate. But I think it’s not just about the closeness of the colours. The sense in this name is about spelling out the value we associate with gold to what we call the ‘value of autumn. Autumn is a time of preparation for the next season – winter. Everyone knows how to prepare. Plants and animals in their annual cycle say goodbye to summer, a time of intense life. They are getting ready for their winter sleep. In the mountains, autumn is, if possible, even more intense. It lasts shorter, and the first snow appears early. This is the additional colour of the autumn season in the mountains. The pure white of the snow emphasises the gold of autumn. For the artist, this is reason enough to paint a picture.