Lot 12
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Rudolf Ernst

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Rudolf Ernst
  • An Afternoon Repast
  • signed and dated R. Ernst. 86 lower right
  • oil on panel
  • 49 by 61cm., 19½ by 24in.


Private collection, USA

Catalogue Note

In a sumptuous tiled interior, with mother-of-pearl inlaid doors, two Arab men enjoy a midday meal, attended by a Nubian servant carrying a distinctive pointed tagine pot. Following his visits to Constantinople, where he became fascinated with Iznik tiles and dishes, Ernst took a particular interest in rendering ceramics of all kinds. The better to understand their innate qualities, he even apprenticed in the manufacture of painted ceramic tiles on his return to Paris.

Ernst studied under Anselm Feuerbach at the Vienna Academy, but moved to Paris where, in 1883, he met Osman Hamdy Bey, the French-trained Turkish painter who was among the artists who inspired him to turn to Orientalist subjects. These would become central to Ernst's oeuvre, characterised by a colouristic resplendence and attention to detail. He made Fontenay-aux-Roses, near Paris, his home and studio, where he completed almost all of his paintings, using sketches and photographs made during his journeys to Morocco, Egypt, and Constantinople.