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Ludwig Deutsch
GUARDING THE PALACE
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 2,289,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
24
Ludwig Deutsch
GUARDING THE PALACE
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 2,289,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Ludwig Deutsch
1855 - 1935
GUARDING THE PALACE
oil on canvas ; signed, dated and situated lower left L. Deutsch PARIS 1888
154 x 96 cm ; 60 5/8 x 37 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Sale, London, 3 November 1977, lot 54;
Probably purchased at the above by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent

Catalogue Note

Ludwig Deutsch studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna before moving to Paris. Greatly influenced by Jean-Léon Gérôme, he made many trips to Egypt. Although little is known about his trips, it would seem that several works were painted on site. 

Deutsch employed particularly rich and harmonious colours in this composition. The meticulous detail of clothes and accessories matches the exactitude of the guard's expression, both defiant and distant. This gift of observation and exact rendering made Deutsch one of the most important Orientalist painters.

At the end of the 1880s and the 1890s, Ludwig Deutsch painted a series of paintings he entitled "Sentinelle", "Le garde du palais", "Le gardien du harem" etc., representing  richly attired and armed guards, standing at the entrance of sumptuous palaces decorated  with columns, marble statues and coloured tiles.

Some of these few painting are of large format such as the one presented here. The painting from 1892 can also be mentioned, (132,4 x 82,8 cm), sold at New York in 1999, a preparatory sketch of which is included in the auction (see lot 22) or the painting Garde de l'Emir painted in 1893 (130,8 x 82,5 cm), both illustrated in Martha Haja and Gunther Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemande et autrichienne, Courbevoie, 2000, pp.203 and 216.

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