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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Charles Wilda
AUSTRIAN
A MYSTIC, CAIRO
SALTAR AL LOTE
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Charles Wilda
AUSTRIAN
A MYSTIC, CAIRO
SALTAR AL LOTE

Details & Cataloguing

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Charles Wilda
1854-1907
AUSTRIAN
A MYSTIC, CAIRO
signed and dated CH WILDA CAIRO 1890 lower right
oil on panel
68 by 95cm., 26¾ by 37½in.
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Procedencia

Sale: Weschler's, Washington D.C., 23 May 1976, lot 1425
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Nota del catálogo

Accompanied by men playing drums, his audience enthralled, a mystic invokes a spirit in what is likely to be a Zār ritual. Originally practiced in Sudan, the Zār was adopted in other regions of North Africa including Egypt and, with numerous variations to this day, it consists in the acknowledgment of a human body being possessed by a spirit. By means of music and dancing, usually performed by women, the body enters a sort of trance and is finally liberated from the evil spirit.

Born in Vienna in 1854, Charles Wilda trained at the Viennese Akademie der bildenden Künste under Leopold Carl Müller (lot 18). 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.

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