Lot 34
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AUGUSTE VEILLON | Morning Prayers

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Morning Prayers
  • signed A. Veillon lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 97 by 164cm., 38 by 65in.


Sale: Dobiaschofsky, Bern, 7 May 2010, lot 333
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The high desert, morning: as the sun rises in the east, a group of men face towards Meccca to pray. The scale of Veillon's canvas accentuates the vastness of the desert landscape and the dramatic sunrise. Scenes of prayer occupy a central position in nineteenth-century Orientalist art. Morning Prayers is not only a splendid evocation of the north African desert, but affords a fascinating glimpse into the ritual stages of Muslim worship. The central standing figure performs the initial invocation to God, or qiyam. The figure immediately to his right kneels in a brief moment of reflection before the sajda or prostration - already being performed by the two farthest figures - during which the forehead is reverently placed to the ground.