Deutsch employed particularly rich and harmonious colours in this composition. The meticulous detail of clothes and accessories matches the exactitude of the guard's expression, both defiant and distant. This gift of observation and exact rendering made Deutsch one of the most important Orientalist painters.
At the end of the 1880s and the 1890s, Ludwig Deutsch painted a series of paintings he entitled "Sentinelle", "Le garde du palais", "Le gardien du harem" etc., representing richly attired and armed guards, standing at the entrance of sumptuous palaces decorated with columns, marble statues and coloured tiles.
Some of these few painting are of large format such as the one presented here. The painting from 1892 can also be mentioned, (132,4 x 82,8 cm), sold at New York in 1999, a preparatory sketch of which is included in the auction (see lot 22) or the painting Garde de l'Emir painted in 1893 (130,8 x 82,5 cm), both illustrated in Martha Haja and Gunther Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemande et autrichienne, Courbevoie, 2000, pp.203 and 216.
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