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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Ludwig Deutsch
AUSTRIAN
MORNING PRAYERS
Estimación
500.000800.000
Lote. Vendido 545,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
SALTAR AL LOTE
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Ludwig Deutsch
AUSTRIAN
MORNING PRAYERS
Estimación
500.000800.000
Lote. Vendido 545,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
SALTAR AL LOTE

Details & Cataloguing

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Ludwig Deutsch
1855-1935
AUSTRIAN
MORNING PRAYERS
signed and dated L. Deutsch PARIS 1902 upper left
oil on panel
65 by 51.5cm., 25¾ by 20¼in.
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Procedencia

Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 29 May 1980, lot 107
The Fine Arts Society, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1981

Documentación

Martina Haja and Günther Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des Ecoles allemande et autrichienne, Paris, 2000, p. 200, illustrated

Nota del catálogo

Morning Prayers is a powerful and noble evocation of the rites and religion of the Muslim world. Two men are absorbed in prayerful contemplation, facing towards the mosque's mihrab indicating the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca. The main figure has discarded his cloak and shoes to commence the raka'ah, or prayer sequence. The artist's respect for the unfolding scene is matched by his rigorous and painstakingly refined technique.

The minute detail and photographic realism of the painting were founded in part on Deutsch's rigorous academic training in Paris under history painter Jean-Paul Laurens, and in part on the extensive collection of photographs and objects he amassed in Cairo, which he synthesised into his paintings on his return to Paris. From the mother-of-pearl inlaid kursi cabinets and Syrian pendant lamp to the Persian Sauj Bulagh rug with its mina-khani blossom and trellis design, the myriad of textures and surfaces, hard and soft, are observed with exacting verisimilitude. Which mosque forms the setting of the work is not known; besides the Ptolmaic granite pillar, clues are, it seems deliberately, scant. For the lack of architectural detail and the simplicity of the backdrop serve to focus the viewer on the straightforward and unencumbered prayer that so captivated Deutsch and other Orientalist painters used to Christian worship with its attendant clergy and accoutrements.    

Deutsch trained at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna but settled in Paris in 1878, where he honed his highly academic style. He first travelled to Egypt in 1883, from which time on Orientalist subjects dominated his oeuvre, fuelled by demand from avid collectors. Deutsch's Egyptian subjects met with huge critical acclaim: in 1900 he was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle, and later the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.  

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