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Johann Michael Wittmer
GERMAN
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF SMYRNA
Estimate
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61
Johann Michael Wittmer
GERMAN
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF SMYRNA
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Johann Michael Wittmer
1802 - 1880
GERMAN
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF SMYRNA
signed and dated M. WITTMER. SMYRNA. F. / 1833 lower right
oil on canvas
35 by 48cm., 13¾ by 18¾in.
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Catalogue Note

This animated view of Smyrna (modern day Izmir) includes the so called ‘Caravan Bridge’, a key crossing point for travellers setting off for Anatolia and still in existence to this day. 

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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