Lot 7
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Charles Wilda

120,000 - 180,000 GBP
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  • Charles Wilda
  • A Souk in Cairo
  • signed and dated CH. WILDA CAIRO. 1887. lower left
  • oil on panel
  • 63 by 47cm., 25 by 18½in.


J.A. Cooling & Sons, London (label on the reverse)
Daphne Taylor
Private collection, Vancouver

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1887, this street view of Cairo is a striking example of the nineteenth-century Orientalist views which opened up a new world to European viewers. The hustle and bustle of women carrying water jugs and snake charmers, rendered with photographic realism, brilliantly evoked the souks and streets of a city beyond the reach of many. In the background, the striated red and white brick buildings so typical of the Egyptian capital inspired artists and architects alike. Born in Vienna in 1854, Charles Wilda trained at the Viennese Akademie der bildenden Künste under Karl Leopold Müller. Like many of his fellow Orientalist painters, he travelled to Egypt in the early 1880s and set up a studio in Cairo where he developed a keen interest for the depiction of everyday Egyptian life. Wilda exhibited widely in Vienna and Berlin, and at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. In the year of his death, the Künstlerhaus in Vienna honoured him with his first retrospective.