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Paul Emil Jacobs
GERMAN
EPISODE FROM THE GREEK WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
JUMP TO LOT
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Paul Emil Jacobs
GERMAN
EPISODE FROM THE GREEK WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
JUMP TO LOT

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Paul Emil Jacobs
1802 - 1866
GERMAN
EPISODE FROM THE GREEK WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
signed and dated E. Jacobs pinxit / 1841 lower right
oil on canvas
134 by 118cm., 52½ by 46½in.
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The authenticity of this painting has been confirmed by the Jacobs Family Archive who will be including it in the forthcoming Jacobs catalogue raisonné as no. 289.

Provenance

Private collection, Berlin (in the family since circa 1918)
Purchased in Munich by the present owner in 2017

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1841 following Jacobs’ trip to Greece and Italy, the present work pays tribute to the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830). A group of soldiers, one of them wounded, has taken refuge under the remains of a Greek temple. A Turkish warrior clutches candlesticks and other loot from the nearby burning church, attempting to abduct a Greek young girl as his captive. In desperation her eyes look heavenward as an armed young Greek appears from behind who may yet deliver her from her fate.

The Greek war of independence resonated deeply with European intellectuals and artists alike, from Byron to Delacroix, the stoic struggle of a subjugated people against all odds becoming a key inspiration to the Romantic movement. Originally from Gotha in Thuringia, Paul Emil Jacobs studied at the Munich Academy. It may well have been his contact with the many Greek artists who trained there that inspired his own journey to Greece, and indeed this painting.

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