Only about twenty paintings of oriental scenes are documented in Wittmer’s oeuvre. They were inspired by the artist’s journey to Greece and Constantinople in 1833. As travel companion of Maximilian of Bavaria, the thirty-one year-old Wittmer documented the Crown Prince’s journey. Both on their way to and from Constantinople, they passed through Smyrna, where Wittmer made sketches of the everyday scenes he observed: men and women in colourful traditional clothing sitting in cafés or discussing on a street.
The artist’s travel sketches were later used for the decoration of the 'Turkish Room' in the Crown Prince's Castle Hohenschwangau.
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