Lot 111
  • 111

Rudolf Ernst

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
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  • Rudolf Ernst
  • Romantic Interlude
  • signed R. Ernst lower right
  • oil on panel
  • 76 by 64cm., 30 by 25¼ in.


Private Collection, USA

Catalogue Note

Ernst's fascination with Islamic culture was sparked by his journeys to Spain and north Africa in the early 1880s and to Turkey and Egypt in the 1890s, and his paintings reflect the breadth of his knowledge. Like many of Ernst's best works, A Romantic Interlude represents an idealised imagined Orient (no Westerner would have had access to the pasha's inner sanctum), although its component elements - from the Ottoman gilt metal-thread embroidered portière and Ladik carpet, to the iznic tiles and tile frieze - are minutely observed, based on sketches made in the field, or on props brought back from his travels. Of particular interest in the present work is the ornate stove mounted with a circular cup warmer. Ernst decorated his Paris studio in an eclectic 'Eastern' style, in which he would paint wearing a taboosh, the better to feel his way into the world of his paintings.