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Theodoros Ralli

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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  • Theodoros Ralli
  • La Sentinelle
  • signed Ralli 79 upper right
  • oil on canvas
  • 65 by 46.5cm., 25½ by 18¼in.


Private collection, Florida; (sale: Sotheby's, New York, 22 February 1989, lot 56)
Private collection, New York (purchased at the above sale)


Paris, Salon, 1880, no. 3142 (as Sentinelle perse)


Théodore Véron, Dictionnaire Véron ou Organe de l'Institut Universel des Sciences, des Lettres, et des Arts du XIXe siècle (Section des beaux-arts). Salon de 1880, Paris, 1880, p. 213, discussed
Maria Katsanaki, Le Peintre Théodore Ralli (1852-1909) et son œuvre, Doctoral Thesis, Paris (Sorbonne), 2007, vol. I, p. 48, cited; vol. II, no. 22; vol. III, fig. 7, illustrated; vol. IV, p. 348, no. 31, catalogued & illustrated (as Sentinelle perse)

Catalogue Note

Ralli's paintings display a high level of ethnographic exactitude, akin to the work of his teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme. This he achieved through frequent visits to the East, including Asia Minor, Palestine, and especially Cairo, where Ralli set up a studio and spent each winter from the late 1880s to 1904. The cropped composition of the painting suggests the influence of photography, and Ralli's exquisite, photographic draughtsmanship further extends the reference.