Lot 3
  • 3

Rudolf Weisse

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Rudolf Weisse
  • The Dice Players
  • signed and inscribed R. Weisse / le Caire lower left
  • oil on panel
  • 59.5 by 81cm., 23½ by 32in.


Acquired by the family of the present owner in the early 20th century; thence by descent

Catalogue Note

The present work exemplifies Weisse's masterful depictions of daily Egyptian life rendered in photographic detail, built up from first hand observations and detailed sketches made on the spot in Cairo and its environs. Weisse also brought home with him a whole collection of props, ranging from ceramics and tiles, pipes and weapons, inlaid furniture and rugs, to beautiful dishdashas and silk robes, which he painted meticulously in his studio to evoke the rich and colourful street life of the East.

Weisse was born in Aussig (modern-day Usti) on the banks of the river Elbe. He studied at the Viennese Akademie der Bildenden Künste, but settled in Paris, where he became a regular exhibitor at the Salon from 1889 (when he showed at the Exposition Universelle) until 1927. Like fellow Austrian School painters Ludwig Deutsch (lot 7) and Rudolf Ernst (lots 16, 25, and 29), Weisse specialised in Orientalist subjects from early in his career, responding to a ready market for such new and exciting subjects.