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ARTHUR VON FERRARIS | ARRIVING AT THE MOSQUE

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ARTHUR VON FERRARIS | ARRIVING AT THE MOSQUE

ARTHUR VON FERRARIS | ARRIVING AT THE MOSQUE

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 GBP

Lot sold:

162,500

GBP

ARTHUR VON FERRARIS

Austrian

1856-1936

ARRIVING AT THE MOSQUE


signed Arthur Ferraris. lower left

oil on canvas

56 by 70cm., 22 by 27½in.

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Sale: Clark Gammon Auctioneers, Guildford 

Mathaf Gallery, London (purchased from the above)

Purchased from the above

Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes: peintres voyageurs1828-1908, Paris, 1983, p. 241, catalogued & illustrated

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, pp. 108-09, catalogued & illustrated

Martina Haja & Günter Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemandes et autrichiennes, Courbevoie, 2000, p. 256, catalogued & illustrated

Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes, peintres voyageurs 1828-1908, Paris, 2001, p. 267, catalogued & illustrated

Depicting the entrance to the El Azhar Mosque by the Bab Al-Muzayinnin, the Barbers' Gate, in Old Cairo, the painting captures the moment a distinguished elder followed by his cortège is set to enter the building. The mosque was at the heart of the collegiate complex of mosques that made up the University of Cairo, so it is quite likely that the dignitary is a learned man. In the background, a bustling street gleams in the bright sunlight. The cross section of types, ages and genders in varied dress not only displays Ferraris' skill in minutely rendering their exact features, but also visually documents the vibrancy of life on Cairo’s streets at the turn of the century.


Ferraris's fastidious attention to detail reflects the influence of his teacher, Jean-Léon Gérôme, who encouraged him to travel to Cairo in the winter of 1885 in the company of Ludwig Deutsch. He exhibited his first Orientalist painting at the Paris Salon of 1890; its title, Visit of the Grand Sheikh to Cairo University, matches the subject of the present work. Ferraris shared a fascination with Islamic architecture with fellow Austrian painters Deutsch and Ernst. The three artists’ works share remarkable similarities in their treatment of architecture, which has prompted conjecture that they visited sites together and worked collaboratively.