Saturday, December 3, 2016

15 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, of the 18th & 19th C., with Footnotes. #7

József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927) 
Woman Dressed in Polka Dot Dress, c. 1889
Oil on canvas
Height: 187 cm (73.6 in). Width: 75 cm (29.5 in).
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

József Rippl-Rónai (23 May 1861 – 25 November 1927) was a Hungarian painter. He first introduced modern artistic movements in the Hungarian art. He was born in Kaposvár. After his studies at the High School there, he went to study in Budapest, where he obtained a degree in pharmacology. In 1884 he travelled to Munich to study painting at the Academy. Two years later he obtained a grant which enabled him to move to Paris and study with Munkácsy, the most important Hungarian realist painter. In 1888 he met the members of Les Nabis and under their influence he painted his first important work, The Inn at Pont-Aven, a deeply felt work notable for its dark atmosphere. His first big success was his painting My Grandmother (1894). He also painted in a portrait of Hungarian pianist and composer Zdenka Ticharich (1921).

József Rippl-Rónai, (1861–1927) 
Parisian Woman, c. 1891
Oil on canvas
Height: 46 cm (18.1 in). Width: 38 cm (15 in).
Private collection

Later he returned to Hungary, where critical reception was at first lukewarm, but he eventually had a very successful exhibition entitled "Rippl-Rónai Impressions 1890-1900". He believed that for an artist not only is his body of work significant, but also his general modus vivendi, even including the clothes he wore. He thus became interested in design, which led to commissions such as the dining room and the entire furnishings of the Andrássy palace, and a stained-glass window in the Ernst Museum, (both in Budapest). Between 1911 and 1913 his exhibitions in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna were highly successful. His last major work, a portrait of his friend Zorka, was painted in 1919, and in 1927 he died at his home, the Villa Róma in Kaposvár. More

George Lawrence Bulleid, A.R.W.S. (1858-1933)
The vicar's daughter
Pencil and watercolour
9 x 8.1/4 in. (22.8 x 21 cm.)
Private Collection

George Lawrence Bulleid, (1858 - 1933) is best known as a painter of highly finished oil paintings and watercolours of subjects from classical antiquity, in the manner of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Albert Moore. He also painted mythological subjects, floral still lives and portraits. Bulleid worked mainly in watercolour, and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society, of which he was elected an associate member in 1889, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. As Christopher Wood has written of Bulleid, ‘Although his range of subjects is narrow, consisting almost entirely of female figures in classical settings, the intense clarity of his vision, combined with an astonishing level of technical accomplishment, mark him out as much more than just another Alma-Tadema follower. More

BERNARD UHLE, (german/american 1847-1930)
Portrait of Harriet Heverton, c. 1884
Oil on canvas
50" x 35 ¼"
Private Collection

Uhle, Albrecht Bernhard (1847-1930) – Born in Chemnitz, Germany, Bernhard Uhle came to the Unite States in 1851. At the age of fifteen he entered the Pennsylvania Academy. Uhle worked as a photographer from 1867 to 1875. In 1875 he returned to Germany to study with the history painter Franz Xaver Barth and the genre artist Alexander Wagner. In 1877 Uhle returned to Philadelphia and set up a studio as a portrait painter and gained the reputation of being one of the city’s outstanding portraitists. Also an etcher, he joined the Philadelphia Society of Etchers in 1880. He was on the faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1886 to 1890 and took over the portrait class once run by Thomas Eakins. Uhle was a member of the Sketch Club from 1889 to 1897. More

Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov (RUSSIAN 1894-1971)
Girl in an Interior, 1940
Oil on canvas
96.5 x 67.5 cm (38 x 26 1/2 in.)
Private Collection

Alexander Samokhvalov is regarded as one of the founders and brightest representatives of the Leningrad school of painting. The present lot, Girl in an Interior reflects the pre-war life of the Leningrad intelligentsia, and is a continuation of the series of Samokhvalov’s works dedicated to young Russian women,– builders of new life. This composition was created in 1940 – three-year after the artist’s famous Girl in a Football Shirt (below) was awarded the gold medal at the International Art Fair in Paris, (which also included Pablo Picasso’s Guernica). The tenderness, refinement, and intimacy of this portrait is a rare work by a master of Soviet Socialist Realism. More

Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov ( 21 August 1894 - 20 August 1971) was a Soviet Russian painter, watercolorist, graphic artist, illustrator, art teacher and Honored Arts Worker of the RSFSR, who lived and worked in Leningrad. He was a member of the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation, and was regarded as one of the founders and brightest representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his genre and portrait painting. More

Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov (RUSSIAN 1894-1971)
Girl in a Football Shirt, 1932
Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

"Girl in a T Shirtt" (1932) was the first of a series of paintings dedicated to the young Soviet women. Alexander Samohvalov sought to capture the typical features of his contemporaries - energetic, self-motivated, full of optimism and ready for action, working alongside men - in other words, "stop a galloping horse ...".

Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov was born on 21 August 1894 in the town of Bezhetsk, located in the Tver Governorate of the Russian Empire. In 1914, Samokhvalov enrolled in the Higher Art School of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg

He graduated from Petrograd VKHUTEIN in 1923. Samokhvalov had participated in art exhibitions since 1914, and in 1917 he took part in the exhibition of the Mir iskusstva. He painted portraits, genre and historical paintings, as well as monumental and easel painting, black-and-white art, sculpture, decorative and applied art, and illustrations for fiction and poetry. He produced book graphics from the middle of the 1920s, and began working with scenography in the 1930s at the Bolshoi Drama Theater and Russian State Pushkin Academy Drama Theater in Leningrad and Novosibirsk.

Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov, (RUSSIAN 1894-1971)
Portrait M.G.Filippovoy, c. 1942
Make-up artist of the Leningrad Theater of Drama
Portrait created during the evacuation (1941-1945) in Novosibirsk.
Oil on canvas
110 x 80
Yaroslavl Art Museum 

He was very successful in images of heroes of labour and sport. He was the creator of a significant work of the Soviet Epoch of the 1930s with his painting "Girl in T-short" (1932) (above). In 1937, he was awarded the gold medal at the International Art Fair in Paris, France. At the same time, Samokhvalov took two Grand-Prix awards.

Samokhvalov created many genre and historical paintings by commission. From 1948 to 1951, he taught in the monumental painting department at the Leningrad Higher School of Art and Industry, and he authored a memoir titled «My Way of Creation» (1977). In 1967, Samokhvalov was awarded the Order of Lenin for outstanding contribution to development of Soviet art. More  More

However, three years earlier, Ivan Koelikov had painted Sports Girl, Below.

Kulikov Ivan Semenovich, (1875-1945)
Sports Girl (Fizkoeltoernitsa), c. 1929

In 1929 Kulikov revealed a number of works. Among them was, "Sportwoman". In "Sportwoman" the artist has depicted the girl in a minute of rest. She is dressed in a white shirt with black stripes, emphasizing the elegant lines of the figure. In her hands volleyball. Full of optimism and faith in the future looking cheerful and sociable. For "Sportwoman" Kulikov chose weaver Pan Ivanov. She was a Komsomol factory leader, and later became secretary of the city committee of the Komsomol. In the future, "Sportwoman" was reproduced many times, and in 1939 was exhibited at the exhibition of Soviet art in Philadelphia. More

Ivan Semyonovich Kulikov (13 April 1875, Murom - 15 December 1941, Murom) was a Russian painter, primarily of portraits and genre scenes. He was born to a peasant family that had recently moved to Murom from a rural village. His father was a roofer and house painter who headed a small cooperative that built and repaired numerous structures there.

In 1893, a local teacher became impressed with his drawing skills an introduced him to Alexander Morozov, who spent the summers painting in Murom. Morozov was impressed as well and advised his parents to enroll him in the drawing school at the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts.

When he arrived in Saint Petersburg, he took a position as an assistant in Morozov's studio. The following year, he enrolled at the drawing school. In 1896, he began auditing classes at the Imperial Academy of Arts.

Kulikov Ivan Semenovich, (1875-1945)
The Spinners, c. 1903

He graduated from the Academy in 1902 with a gold medal, the title of "Free Artist" and a stipend to study abroad. From 1903 to 1905, he used that stipend to visit Italy and France. When he returned, he won awards at several exhibitions, was offered employment as Director of the Kharkov art school in 1912 and was named an "Academician" in 1915.

In 1919, he helped to establish the "Murom History and Art Museum" and headed the art department for many years. In that capacity, he worked vigorously to collect, not only art objects, but documents, books and various historical relics from buildings that were abandoned or due to be demolished; as well as items that were looted during the war. 

In 1932, he became a member of the Gorky branch of the USSR Union of Artists. In his later years, he created numerous canvases and drawings on military subjects. In 1947, following his wishes, his family opened a museum at his home. It was in operation until 2007, when the local authorities closed it and transferred the collection to the History and Art Museum. More

André Derain, (French, 1880-1954)
Portrait de Iya, Lady Abdy, circa 1934-1939
Oil on canvas 
116 x 89cm (45 11/16 x 35 1/16in).
Private Collection

Iya, Lady Abdy (d. 1993), was the first wife of the English ship-owner Sir Robert Abdy (1896-1976). Born Iya Grigorievna de Gay in St Petersburg, she escaped with her family to Finland during the Russian Revolution, before moving to Paris. A striking blonde over six feet tall (Cecil Beaton said she 'invented size') she was one of the bright young things of Parisian society of the '20s and '30s. A friend of Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau, she was a regular in the salon of the Comtesse de Noailles, and was photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, and for Vogue by George Hoyningen Huene.

In 1935 she financed a production of Les Cenci by the theatre visionary Antonin Artaud, in return for taking the part of Beatrice Cenci. The play was based partly on Shelley's 1819 cabinet piece on the gruesome medieval story of incest and patricide, and partly on Stendhal's work of 1837 based on his own archival research. Both sources contributed to the shocking subject matter of the play, which was designed to introduce Artaud's brutal theories of the Theatre of Cruelty. Playing from 7 May 1935 over only fifteen performances to a bewildered and uncomprehending public, the only praise was for Iya Abdy's beauty and the sets and costumes designed by Balthus. At about the same time Balthus painted Lady Abdy's portrait in the role of Beatrice (formerly in Lady Abdy's own collection) in which she wears a deep red gown very similar to the one she wears in the present portrait, and which may indeed be the costume Balthus designed for the role. More

André Derain (10 June 1880 – 8 September 1954) was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse. In 1895 Derain began to study on his own. In 1898, while studying to be an engineer at the Académie Camillo, he attended painting classes under Eugène Carrière, and there met Matisse.  Matisse persuaded Derain's parents to allow him to abandon his engineering career and devote himself solely to painting; subsequently Derain attended the Académie Julian.

Derain and Matisse worked together through the summer of 1905 in the Mediterranean village of Collioure and later that year displayed their highly innovative paintings at the Salon d'Automne. The vivid, unnatural colors led the critic Louis Vauxcelles to derisively dub their works as les Fauves, or "the wild beasts", marking the start of the Fauvist movement.

In 1907 art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler purchased Derain's entire studio, granting Derain financial stability. He experimented with stone sculpture and moved to Montmartre to be near his friend Pablo Picasso and other noted artists. At Montmartre, Derain began to shift from the brilliant Fauvist palette to more muted tones, showing the influence of Cubism and Paul Cézanne. 

At about this time Derain's work began overtly reflecting his study of the Old Masters. The role of color was reduced and forms became austere; the years 1911–1914 are sometimes referred to as his gothic period. In 1914 he was mobilized for military service in World War I. After the war, Derain won new acclaim as a leader of the renewed classicism then ascendant. With the wildness of his Fauve years far behind, he was admired as an upholder of tradition. 

The 1920s marked the height of his success, as he was awarded the Carnegie Prize in 1928 for his "Still-life with Dead Game" and began to exhibit extensively abroad—in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, New York City and Cincinnati, Ohio.

During the German occupation of France in World War II, Derain lived primarily in Paris and was much courted by the Germans because he represented the prestige of French culture. Derain accepted an invitation to make an official visit to Germany in 1941, and traveled with other French artists to Berlin to attend a Nazi exhibition of an officially endorsed artist, Arno Breker. Derain's presence in Germany was used effectively by Nazi propaganda, and after the Liberation he was branded a collaborator and ostracized by many former supporters. More

Jamil Naqsh (b. 1938, Kairana, India)
Lady Playing Flute
Oil on canvas
102 x 76 cm.
Private Collection

Jamil Naqsh (b. 1938, Kairana, India) is a Pakistani painter currently lives a reclusive life in London. He briefly studied at National College of Arts but left before obtaining a degree. His work is very idealized and sensual.

Jamil Naqsh was born in Kairana, India in 1938, and later moved to Karachi, Pakistan. Naqsh trained as a miniaturist under former NCA professor Ustaad Haji Sharif. He left the National College of Arts without completing his degree as he felt it was the experience not the qualification that was important.

Jamil Naqsh mostly paints women and pigeons. He paints, women, often integrating the elements of horses, pigeons or children.

Jamil Naqsh has also painted Islamic calligraphy in his modern style with unique and bold brush strokes. His particular style of calligraphy is designed keeping in mind the basic elements of art, particularly emphasising on 'line'. More

Jamil Naqsh, (b. 1938, Kairana, India)
Lady Playing Flute
Oil on canvas
102 x 76 cm
Private Collection

True to painterly tradition, Najmi Sura’s work also features women in the company of various musical instruments, which indicate Sura’s preference for women in proactive roles rather as objectified or commodified females waiting for favours. Unlike past depictions of this theme. Najmi Sura’s women come across as confident ladies, despite the ambivalence of their place in court or society, either in an imagined yesteryear or in our contemporary age. More

Portrait of Olga Deineko
Gouache on paper
88 x 32 cm (35 x 12 1/2 in.)
Private Collection

Olga Deineko  (1897 - 1970) was born in Ukraine and studied at VKhUTEMAS under Ilya Mashkov.  She worked as a graphic artist and designer, and was a member of Society of Revolutionary Poster Designers.  The wife of Nikolai Troshin, she was also well known as children's book illustrator in the late 1920s and early 1930s. More

NIKOLAY STEPANOVICH TROSHIN (RUSSIAN 1897-1990) was an important painter, theater director, poster designer, and chief artist and designer for influential avant-garde journals such as USSR Under Construction. Having studied at Penza Art Institute under Ivan Goryushkin-Sorokopudov and N. Petrov from 1913-1918, Troshin later moved to Moscow where he studied with Ilya Mashkov from 1918-1920. He actively exhibited since 1918, and personal exhibitions of Troshin`s works were held in Moscow and other cities in Russia through the time of his passing. Troshin`s paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Tretyakov Museum, State Russian Museum, and many other museums in Russia. More

Le lait frais du matin
Oil on canvas
47 x 56 cm (18 1/2 x 22 in.)
Private Collection

Julien Dupré (March 18, 1851 – April 16, 1910) was a French painter. He was born in Paris on March 18, 1851 to Jean Dupré (a jeweler) and Pauline Bouillié and began his adult life working in a lace shop in anticipation of entering his family's jewelry business. The war of 1870 and the siege of Paris forced the closure of the shop and Julien began taking evening courses at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and it was through these classes that he gained admission to the École des Beaux-Arts.

In the mid-1870s he traveled to Picardy and became a student of the rural genre painter Désiré François Laugée (1823–1896), whose daughter Marie Eléonore Françoise he would marry in 1876; the year he exhibited his first painting at the Paris Salon.

Throughout his career Dupré championed the life of the peasant and continued painting scenes in the areas of Normandy and Brittany until his death on April 16, 1910. More

Sun Bathing, c. 1920s
oil on board
40 x 51 cm (15 3/4 x 20 in.)
Private Collection

Vera Vladimirovna Khlebnikova was born on March 20, 1891 in the Astrakhan Province. She was a sister of the famous poet Velimir Khlebnikov.

While living in Paris, she took lessons from Kees van Dongen. In autumn 1913 Vera Khlebnikova moved from Paris to Florence, Italy.

Vera returned to Russia, through England, in August, 1916. Most of the works created by her in Italy were left there, in the house of her hostess. She brought to her parents’ house in Astrakhan only a dozen of paintings that she had managed to fit into her suitcase.

In 1924 she married the artist Petr Miturich. She was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

Her works are kept in the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Astrakhan Art Gallery (Astrakhan), and the Velimir Khlebnikov House Museum (Astrakhan). More

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Acknowledgement: Bonhams

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26 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, #8

Theodoros Ralli, 1852-1909, GREEK
Oil on canvas
48 by 37cm., 18¾ by 14½in.
Private Collection

The girl in the present work wears an ornate Ottoman gold coin headdress with a fringe of star-shaped amulets, and a matching necklace. With her white diaphanous veil and dress, and hair braided into a bun, she is dressed for a special occasion or celebration, possibly her own wedding. The cropped composition and punctilious draughtsmanship of the present work suggest the influence of photography so evident in Gérôme's work also.
Born in Constantinople of Greek descent, Ralli's precocious talent came to the attention of King Otto of Greece, under whose patronage he was able to travel to Paris to enrol at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of Gerome. He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1875, and in 1900 was appointed to the jury of the Exposition Universelle. More

Théodore Jacques Ralli or Theodorus Rallis (Constantinople, 16 February 1852 – 2 October 1909, Lausanne) was a Greek painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, who spent most of his working life in Paris, France and in Egypt.

He painted genre works, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, interiors with figures and animals. But he is best known for his orientalist paintings.

He was sent to Paris under the patronage of King Otto of Greece and studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme, and Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy, both known for their orientalist paintings.

Théodore-Jacques Ralli, ISTANBUL 1852 - 1909 LAUSANNE
55,3 x 33,4 cm ; 21 3/4 by 13 1/4 in
Private Collection

Ralli's was favorite theme was the presentation of oriental women bathing. These topics became the pretext for the unveiling of the female body, often in lascivious and sensual poses. the above work represents a young woman in an oriental setting, leaning over a basin. The view provides access to the daily intimacy of the bather. The artist plays with the contrasts of light to highlight the purity of the body, and the milky softness of the skin. The attention to details, like the Arabic script or fine water spray of the fountain, enhances beauty and credibility. As usual, Ralli chooses to paint a moment in suspense, the same moment of hesitation for the young woman: will she enter the water or simply return to lie down on the bench that lies behind it ?

Ralli then travelled widely in North Africa and the Middle East, settling for a while in Cairo, Egypt. Here he found his inspiration for the romantic mysticism and suggestive sensuality of his many orientalistic paintings. His other genre paintings were often nostalgic recollections of the life and customs of his Greek homeland, which he portrayed with a delicate and moving reverence. His paintings were elaborated with great attention to detail, with great attention to costumes and facial expressions.

Rallis first exhibition was at the Salon in 1875. From 1879 he regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français, where he received an honourable mention in 1885, and a silver medal in 1889 for his whole work 

After his death he was slowly almost forgotten. It is telling that his name is not even included in the Grove Dictionary of Art. Most of his paintings are still in private collections. Only a few museums ever purchased his works. More

GIUSEPPE GABANI, (italian 1846-1899)
Watercolor on paper 
19 1/2 x 26 1/4 in. (49.3 x 66.7cm) 
Private Collection

GIUSEPPE GABANI, (italian 1846-1899). Born in Senigallia, Gabani studied first with Cesare Maccari and Giuseppe Raggio and then specialized mainly in history paintings, as well as landscapes, animals and particularly horses. He is also known for his Orientalist subjects, the majority of which include equine subjects. Between 1866 and 1870 Gabani served with the IV Cavalry. In 1866, he came to the public's attention with his painting Count Baratieri at the head of his regiment, 24 June 1866. In 1880, he was invited by Brugnoli to paint part of a mural for ceiling of the Teatro Costanzi (now the Teatro dell'Opera) in Rome. He received considerable acclaim for his painting Cavalli nella campagna, exhibited in Berlin in 1880 and in 1884 his large-scale history painting Carica del Genova Cavalleria was very well received in Turin. He also exhibited in Venice. At the exhibition in Melbourne he was given the silver medal. He died in Rome on 12 October 1900. More

Vasily Alexandrovich Kotarbinsky, (1849-1921) – Polish-Russian 
Sermon at Capernaum, 19th C
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 120.3 cm
Private Collection

Capernaum (Kfar Nahum, "Nahum's village") was a fishing village established during the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A house turned into a church by the Byzantines is said to be the home of Saint Peter.

The village was inhabited continuously from the 2nd century BCE to the 11th century CE, when it was abandoned sometime before the Crusader conquest. This includes the re-establishment of the village during the Early Islamic period soon after the 749 earthquake. More

Vasily Alexandrovich Kotarbinsky (1849-1921) was a Polish painter of the 19th and early 20th century. Kotarbinsky started his artistical career at the Warsaw School of Drawing in the 1870s, later he studied at the art academy in St. Petersburg. Very important for his development were several longer stays in Rome, which had a deep impact on his way of painting and his choice of subjects. He borrowed money from his family for his first trip to Rome during his education and stayed there for three years. Characteristic for his oeuvre are the depictions of biblical subjects as well as classical Roman themes and fantastic-mythical images. One of his main works are the frescos in the St. Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev. Works of the artist are in collections in St. Petersburg and Moscow. More

Vasily Alexandrovich Kotarbinsky, (1849-1921) – Polish-Russian 
Sermon at Capernaum, 19th C

BERNARD UHLE, (german/american 1847-1930) 
Oil on canvas 
46 x 34 3/4 in. (116.8 x 88.2cm) 
Private Collection

Uhle, Albrecht Bernhard (1847-1930) – Born in Chemnitz, Germany, Bernhard Uhle came to the Unite States in 1851. At the age of fifteen he entered the Pennsylvania Academy. Uhle worked as a photographer from 1867 to 1875. In 1875 he returned to Germany to study with the history painter Franz Xaver Barth and the genre artist Alexander Wagner. In 1877 Uhle returned to Philadelphia and set up a studio as a portrait painter and gained the reputation of being one of the city’s outstanding portraitists. Also an etcher, he joined the Philadelphia Society of Etchers in 1880. He was on the faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1886 to 1890 and took over the portrait class once run by Thomas Eakins. Uhle was a member of the Sketch Club from 1889 to 1897. More

Oil on canvas
21.5" x 15" — 54.6 x 38.1 cm.
Private Collection

RUDOLF WEISSE(USTI (AUSSIG), BOHEMIA1869 - PARIS1930) was born in Usti (Aussig), Bohemia, a town on the banks of the Elbe. He studied at the Viennese Akademie der Bildenden Künste. He exhibited at the Salon in Paris between 1889 and 1927 and also showed paintings in Vienna, London, Bordeaux and Toulon. 

Weisse specialized in portraits and Orientalist views, chiefly street scenes in Cairo, which he must have visited. He was influenced by the colourful, meticulous and realistic genre scenes of the Viennese painters Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935) and Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932). In 1889 Weiss was awarded a Médaille d’Honneur at the Parisian Exposition Universelle for Après la guerre – scène orientale and a Portrait de femme. He won a gold medal in Vienna in 1920. 

The work of Rudolf Weisse is represented in the Najd Collection. More

Germain Fabius Brest
38 by 67cm., 15 by 26½in
Private Collection

Fabius Brest (31 July 1823 in Marseille and died in the same city 5 November 1900) was a French orientalist painter.

Fabius Brest was the student painters Émile Loubon of Marseille , and Constant Troyon in Paris . On the advice of Loubon, who had made a trip to Palestine which had deeply affected him, Fabius took a trip to Turkey from 1855 to 1859. He returned with many paintings of landscapes. The Eastern, and especially oriental, architecture remained the main sources of inspiration throughout his life. More

Ernest Buttura, (1841 - 1920)
Paysage de Turquie
44 x 55 cm
Private Collection

Ernest Buttura , born 28 November 1841 in Paris and died in that city in 1920, was a French painter. He entered the School of Fine Arts in 1861 and exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1863. He divided his time between Paris and Cannes.

Siagne, the plain of Laval and the mountains of the Var inspired his work. In Cannes he had a workshop and was an iconic painter of this city. Even thouigh the majority of his paintings were landscapes, he also made studies of rocks and undergrowth, animal paintings, still lifes, bouquets of flowers, and oriental compositions. More

Arab Caravan, c. 1860
Oil on canvas
Dayton Art Institute,  Dayton, Ohio

Adolf Schreyer (July 9, 1828 Frankfurt-am-Main – July 29, 1899 Kronberg im Taunus) was a German painter, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He studied art, first at the Städel Institute in his native town, and then at Stuttgart and Munich. He painted many of his favourite subjects in his travels in the East. He first accompanied Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis through Hungary, Wallachia, Russia and Turkey; then, in 1854, he followed the Austrian army across the Wallachian frontier. In 1856 he went to Egypt and Syria, and in 1861 to Algiers. In 1862 he settled in Paris, but returned to Germany in 1870; and settled at Cronberg near Frankfurt, where he died.

Schreyer was, and is still, especially esteemed as a painter of horses, of peasant life in Wallachia and Moldavia, and of battle incidents. His work is remarkable for its excellent equine draughtsmanship, and for the artist's power of observation and forceful statement; and has found particular favour among French and American collectors. Of his battle-pictures there are two at the Schwerin Gallery, and others in the collection of Count Mensdorff-Pouilly and in the Raven Gallery, Berlin.  More

Henri-Emilien Rousseau
A caravan at rest
Oil on panel
18 1/8 x 21 5/8in (46 x 55cm)
Private Collection

Henri Rousseau Henry, Emilien Rousseau (Cairo 1875 - Aix-en-Provence in 1933) is an Orientalist painter. A pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Beaux Arts in Paris, he won the second Grand Prix de Rome in 1900 and a travel grant at the Salon of French Artists. He traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, North Africa, Spain and Italy where he admired the great masters (Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Murillo, the Titian, Raphael etc ...)

After this initiatory journey, he settled in Versailles and set up his studio at the Villa des Arts in Paris. In 1919 he moved to Aix in Provence with his large family (seven children). Knight of the Legion of Honour in arts. His work  is dedicated to Tunisia, Algeria and especially Morocco, Provence and the Camargue remained its anchor points. His success was with a bourgeois and wealthy clientele, where he sold his work at numerous exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Marseilles. More

Bedouins taking aim
Oil on panel
21 1/4 x 29in (54 x 73.8cm)
Private Collection

ADOLF SCHREYER (GERMAN, 1828-1899), see above

Eugène Giraud, 1806 - 1881, FRENCH
Oil on canvas
94 by 55.5cm., 37 by 22in.
Private Collection

Eugène Giraud (* 9. August 1806 in Paris ; † 28. December 1881 ) was a French painter and engraver , caricaturist , lithographer and set designer. Giraud was a pupil of the engraver Théodore Richomme and the painter Louis Hersent and received in 1826 the Grand Prix de Rome, for a copper engraving .

After his return from Italy , he undertook in 1846, on the occasion of the wedding of the Duke of Montpensier with the Infanta of Spain, together with the writer Adolphe Desbarolles left to Madrid . There, the two artists met Alexandre Dumas and Dumas son with whom they travel via Cádiz continuíng to North Africa. The travel experiences inspired Giraud with numerous scenes, including the people's life, and the illustrations of Alexandre Dumas the Elder.

Both King Louis Philippe and Emperor Napoléon III. Giraud favored him with orders for the galleries of the Musée Historique in Versailles Palace. 

Eugène Giraud died in 1881 at the age of 75 years in Paris. More

José Gallegos, 1859-1917, SPANISH
IN THE HAREM, c. 1884
Oil on canvas 
340 by 510cm., 133¾ by 200¾in.
Private Collection

José Gallegos, 1859-1917, SPANISH, spent most of his life in Italy and was a leading figure of the Spanish School in Rome, along with Mariano Fortuny y Carbo (1838-1874), José Villegas y Cordero (1848-1922) and Salvador Sanchez Barbudo (1857-1917). Cathedral interiors, choir scenes and religious festivals were among his favourite subjects; he also painted outdoor market scenes. He was a great admirer of nature and excelled in painting trees and flowers, always with the emphasis on colour and light. More

George Lawrence Bulleid, (1858 - 1933)
Watercolor on paper laid down on card
24 x 38in (61 x 96.5cm)
Private Collection

George Lawrence Bulleid, (1858 - 1933) is best known as a painter of highly finished oil paintings and watercolours of subjects from classical antiquity, in the manner of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Albert Moore. He also painted mythological subjects, floral still lives and portraits. Bulleid worked mainly in watercolour, and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society, of which he was elected an associate member in 1889, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. As Christopher Wood has written of Bulleid, ‘Although his range of subjects is narrow, consisting almost entirely of female figures in classical settings, the intense clarity of his vision, combined with an astonishing level of technical accomplishment, mark him out as much more than just another Alma-Tadema follower. More

Fabio Fabbi
The new slave girl
Oil on Canvas
38 3/4 x 29in (98.5 x 73.5cm)
Private Collection

Fabio Fabbi was born in Bologna, Italy in 1861. As a young man, he enrolled at the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence and studied sculpture and painting in the 1880s, winning prizes in both categories. After his studies, he travelled to Paris, Munich, and Egypt, which was the inspiration for his Orientalist subjects. 

Upon his return to Italy, he dedicated himself solely to painting and was honoured with the distinction of professorship at the Accademia.

Fabbi's depictions of odalisques and bazaars which were well-received by the public, and his output was prolific. From 1884 onward, Fabbi regularly contributed to exhibitions in Turin, Milan and Florence. More

Edwin Lord Weeks
A View of Jerusalem
Oil on Canvas
39 x 60in.
Private Collection

Edwin Lord Weeks (1849 – 1903) was an American artist. Weeks was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849. His parents were affluent spice and tea merchants from Newton, a suburb of Boston, and as such they were able to finance their son's youthful interest in painting and travelling. As a young man Weeks visited the Florida Keys to draw, and also travelled to Surinam in South America. His earliest known paintings date from 1867 when he was eighteen years old, although it is not until his Landscape with Blue Heron, dated 1871 and painted in the Everglades, that Weeks started to exhibit a dexterity of technique and eye for composition—presumably having taken professional tuition.

In 1872 Weeks relocated to Paris, becoming a pupil of Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme. After his studies in Paris, Weeks emerged as one of America's major painters of Orientalist subjects. Throughout his adult life he was an inveterate traveler and journeyed to South America (1869), Egypt and Persia (1870), Morocco (frequently between 1872 and 1878), and India (1882–83).

Weeks died in Paris in November 1903.[2] He was a member of the Légion d'honneur, France, an officer of the Order of St. Michael, Germany, and a member of the Munich Secession. More

Max Friedrich Rabes (German, 1868-1944) 
The scribe
Oil on canvas laid down on board
25 3/4 x 31 3/4 in
Private Collection

Max Friedrich Rabes (German, 1868-1944)  Born in Pozna, now Polandwas,  active/lived in Germany, Egypt.  Max Rabes is known for genre, street-landscape painting, stage set design, murals. In 1885, Max Rabes traveled along the Mosel River to study the landscape.  Matthias Engel of Traben-Trarbach/Mosel, Germany met him and was impressed with his talent.  He invited him to his home and also seemed to have provided some financial support.  As a gesture of appreciation, Max Rabes gave him a small water color that is in still in the family's possession. More

He visited the USA, Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Russia and other countried. He became famous as a master of oriental compositions, painted genre scenes, landscapes and portraits. Participant of numerous exhibitions worldwide. He was awarded with the state gold and silver medals of Austria. Member of Munich Art Association and the Association of Berlin Artists. His works are presented in the Art Museums of Berlin, Dessau, Weimar, Munich, Vienna, etc. More

Léon François Comerre
An oriental beauty holding a pink fan
Oil on Canvas
46 3/4 x 30 1/2in (119 x 77.5cm)
Private Collection

Léon François Comerre (10 October 1850 – 20 February 1916) was a French academic painter, famous for his portraits of beautiful women. Comerre was born in Trélon, in the Département du Nord, the son of a schoolteacher. He moved to Lille with his family in 1853. From an early age he showed an interest in art and became a student of Alphonse Colas at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lille, winning a gold medal in 1867. From 1868 a grant from the Département du Nord allowed him to continue his studies in Paris at the famous École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel. There he came under the influence of orientalism.

Comerre first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1871 and went on to win prizes in 1875 and 1881. In 1875 he won the Grand Prix de Rome. This led to a scholarship at the French Academy in Rome from January 1876 to December 1879. In 1885 he won a prize at the "Exposition Universelle" in Antwerp. He also won prestigious art prizes in the USA (1876) and Australia (1881 and 1897). He became a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1903. More

Albert Besnard
La bayadère, Hindu dancing girl
Oil on panel
19 5/8 x 24in (50 x 61cm)
Private Collection

Paul-Albert Besnard (2 June 1849 – 4 December 1934) was a French painter and printmaker. He was born in Paris and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, studied with Jean Bremond and was influenced by Alexandre Cabanel. He won the Prix de Rome in 1874 with the painting Death of Timophanes.

Until about 1880 he followed the academic tradition, but then broke away completely, and devoted himself to the study of colour and light as conceived by the Impressionists. The realism of this group never appealed to his bold imagination, but he applied their technical method to ideological and decorative works on a large scale.

A great virtuoso, he achieved brilliant successes alike in watercolour, pastel, oil and etching, both in portraiture, in landscape and in decoration. His close analysis of light can be studied in his picture La femme qui se chauffe at the Luxembourg in Paris, one of a large group of nude studies.

Partly under the influence of Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds, whom he studied during a three-years stay in England, he applied his methods to a brilliant series of portraits, especially of women. His landscape work is represented by L'ile heureuse, and Un Ruisseau dans la Montagne (1920). A symbolist in his decorative work, Besnard's frank delight in the external world and his “chic” luminous technique bring him close to the 18th-century French painters.

He was represented in the official exhibition of French art held in the United States in 1919-20 by a symbolic 1917 portrait of Cardinal Mercier. An important exhibition of his works was shown in different cities of the United States in 1924. In 1932, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Honorary Corresponding member. More

Henry A. Ferguson
Travelers before the walls of an Arab town
Oil on canvas
15 x 24 1/2in (38 x 62cm)
Private Collection

Henry Augustus Ferguson (c. 1842-1911) was an American landscape painter of the Hudson River School, distinguishing himself by depicting scenes from South America to the Middle East.[1]

His birth is variously dated between 1842 and 1845, in Glen Falls, New York. He studied painting under Homer Dodge Martin and George Henry Boughton in Albany when he was under the age of 18, moving to New York City "in the early years of the Civil War."  He continued to paint the Hudson Valley, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1867 and 1870. Ferguson spent much of the 1870s out of the country on long painting expeditions, based mainly in Santiago, Chile, selling work to patrons in South America, as well as preparing a trove of sketches for later completion. Returning to New York by the close of 1873, he set up shop. He continued to produce finished works from this expedition before setting off for another multi-year excursion to Cairo and Venice. He died in New York City on March 23, 1911 More

French School, 19th Century
An Arab warrior smoking a pipe
Watercolor and gouache on blue paper
13 1/4 x 9 1/2in (33.6 x 24.2cm)
Private Collection

19th-century French art was made in France or by French citizens during the following political regimes: Napoleon Bonaparte's Consulate (1799-1804) and Empire (1804-1814), the Restoration under Louis XVIII and Charles X (1814-1830), the July Monarchy under Louis Philippe d'Orléans (1830-1848), the Second Republic (1848-1852), the Second Empire under Napoleon III (1852-1871), and the first decades of the Third Republic (1871-1940).

Many of the developments in French arts in this period parallel changes in literature. More

Sergei Ivanovich Vasilkovsky , 1854-1917
Vasilkovsky Resting with Kossacks
Oil on board
9 x 5 1/2 in (22.8 x 13.4 cm)
Private Collection

Sergei Ivanovich Vasilkovsky (October 19, 1854, Izium — October 7, 1917, Kharkiv) was one of the most prolific Ukrainian artists of the pre-revolutionary period and an expert on Ukrainian ornamentation and folk art. Vasylkivsky was born and spent his childhood in the picturesque surroundings of Izium, a city in the historical region of Sloboda Ukraine, and today's Kharkiv Oblast. The future painter had a chumak grandfather whose roots reached cossack ancestral lines. Vasylkivsky's father was a writer and taught his son the aesthetics of proper calligraphy. His mother, through her folk songs set the foundation which provided the inspiration for Vasylkivsky's art later in life.

In 1876, contrary to his father's wishes, Vasylkivsky left for the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. His education was supplemented with traveling exhibitions and trips back home. Upon graduation in 1885 he traveled to Europe and North Africa on a scholarship from the Academy, painting places he visited from Spain to Germany and Egypt.

In Paris, Vasylkivsky became fascinated with the Barbizon school. By the time he returned to the Academy, Vasylkivsky brought with him an exhibition of almost 50 art works. Critics praised these paintings. The paintings reflected the influence of the Barbizon School's panoramic depiction of space, the sky and the silvery atmosphere of "Pierre Corot". Vasylkivsky retained these characteristics in his Ukrainian landscapes.

After settling in Kharkiv in 1888, he became active in Ukrainian artistic circles and headed the architectural and art society there. Vasylkivsky died at age 62 in Kharkiv. More

Stanisław Chlebowski (1835–1884)
The prayer
Oil on panel
17 3/4 x 11 1/2in (45 x 29.5cm)
Private Collection

Stanisław Chlebowski (1835–1884) was a Polish painter with Russian and Turkish connections. He was a renowned specialist in Oriental themes. Chlebowski was born in Podole, and learned drawing in Grekov Odessa Art school. Between 1853-1859, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and then on a scholarship for six years in Paris as the pupil of the French Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Chlebowski traveled to Spain, Italy, Germany, and Belgium. His first success was selling his painting Joanne d’Arc in Amiens Prison to Napoleon III of France.

In the years 1864-1876 Chlebowski was master painter for Sultan Abdülaziz and took up residence in Constantinople. Chlebowski became popular in the sultanate. During his services, he had obtained permission to bring with him a large icon of Mother of God Leading Our Way having been rescued from the Hodegon Monastery in 1453. He had come across it in one of the magasins with old relics, unheeded by the Ottoman keeper. This account is certified in a letter by the Comité National Polonais à Constantinople, dated June 27, 1938.

In 1876 he moved to Paris. In 1881 he returned permanently to Krakow. The subject matter of his watercolors and oil paintings is diverse. He painted images of historical battles related to the history of Turkey, oriental genre scenes, landscapes, and portraits of sultans. He died near Posen, in Rundhausen at age 49.

Chlebowski lived abroad for a long time and as a result his paintings were very rare in Poland. The National Museum in Krakow houses some of his other important Orientalist works such as Entrée de Mahomet II à Stamboul. More

 Fabio Fabbi
The slave market
Oil on panel
39 1/2 x 21 1/2in (100.3 x 54.6cm)
Private Collection

Fabio Fabbi
Orientalist Painting
Oil on panel
31 x 22 in, ornate gilt frame: 43 x 34 in
Private Collection

Fabio Fabbi, see above

Gyula Tornai (1861 – 1928)
The Moroccan bride
Oil on panel
31 x 22 in, ornate gilt frame: 43 x 34 in
Private Collection

Gyula Tornai (1861 in Görgő – 1928 in Budapest) was a Hungarian painter, now featured in the Hungarian National Gallery. More

Gyula Tornai was a great Hungarian orientalist painter. Tornai studied painting at three different academies: Vienna, Munich, and Budapest. He then traveled to India, China, and Japan before settling in Morocco. He stayed in Tangier between 1890-1891. He participated in the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, where he received a bronze medal. He died in Budapest in 1928. More

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