Raphael von Ambros
- Raphael von Ambros
- The Baker's Shop, Cairo
- signed and dated R. Ambros. Paris. 89. lower right
- oil on panel
Here, a woman wearing a black niqāb and a lapis lazuli necklace serves refreshments of freshly baked Egyptian flat bread known as aish baladi and bowls of milk or water bread to passers-by. Opening on to the street, her stall offers other local produce, including eggs and vegetables.
Like Wilda, Ludwig Deutsch, and Rudolf Ernst, von Ambros settled in Paris where he found a ready market for his Egyptian subjects. Inspired by his first hand observations during his travels, he was aided by sketches and no doubt by photography (fig. 1).