Representing some one hundred and eighty artists from more than twenty countries, our sale of 19th Century European Paintings features the work of leading painters working across the Continent during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Divided into specialist themes: German, Austrian and Central European Paintings, The Orientalist Sale, Spanish Painting and The Scandinavian Sale, the sale also show-cases the work of major artists from France and Italy.
Led by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's classically inspired Jeune femme à la fontaine, other highlights range from the mythical monumentality of Leo Reiffenstein's The Roses of Heliogabalus to the noble humility of Joaquín Sorolla's The Christening. German tensions of the nineteen thirties are suggested in Lotte Laserstein's panoramic Evening over Potsdam, while the dry heat of Cairo is evoked in Jean-Léon Gérôme's Muezzin as he calls the faithful to prayer. Georg Emanuel Opiz combines the splendour of the Ottoman Empire with the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca. Further afield Christian Krohg conjures the dramatic moment of Leif Eriksson Discovering America five hundred years before Christopher Columbus.