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SOLD BY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS

Rudolf Ernst
AUSTRIAN
THE RUG MERCHANT
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SOLD BY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS

Rudolf Ernst
AUSTRIAN
THE RUG MERCHANT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Orientalist Sale

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Rudolf Ernst
1854 - 1932
AUSTRIAN
THE RUG MERCHANT
bears signature lower left
oil on canvas
65 by 81.5cm., 25½ by 32in.
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Provenance

Sale: Phillips Son & Neale, London
Eugene Iglesias, Los Angeles (purchased from the above in the late 1950s)
John Braun, Alhambra (purchased from the above in the late 1970s) 
Gordon Anderson (by company takeover in 1980-1; gift to LACMA in 2006)

Catalogue Note

The composition perfectly captures a Middle Eastern rug merchant in the act of selling his merchandise. Nearby, the merchant’s hookah pipe rests against the folds of the rug. Rug and arms merchants were a recurring subject in Ernst's oeuvre and in the work of other Orientalists painters of the time, including Leopold Mielich and Ludwig Deutsch.

The present work is among the artist’s early Orientalist works, inspired by his recent travels to Egypt. Almost all his paintings were executed in his studio in Paris, which he decorated in an Eastern style and filled with the sketches and props he accumulated on his travels.

The Orientalist Sale

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London