RUDOLF ERNST | THE GUARD
 RUDOLF ERNST | THE GUARD
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RUDOLF ERNST | THE GUARD

Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 GBP

RUDOLF ERNST | THE GUARD

Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 GBP

Lot Sold:200,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

RUDOLF ERNST

Austrian

1854-1932

THE GUARD


signed R. Ernst lower right

oil on panel

61 by 49cm., 24 by 19in.

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Sale: Christie’s, New York, 28 May 1982, lot 67

Mathaf Gallery, London (by 1983)

Purchased from the above

Exhibited

London, Mathaf Gallery, New Year Collection, 1983, no. 15, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 80, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Glimpsed off guard, a sentinel or attendant in a mauve silk robe enjoys a moment of respite from his duties and takes a puff from his Persian enamelled silver hookah, framed by a tiled arch leading to a garden beyond. In contrast to most of Ernst's compositions, the figure here is seen close-up against the picture plane; as a result, the model occupies most of the painting. This representational style allowed Ernst to showcase his painterly talent at rendering expression, anatomy, and detail, down to the worked silver of the hookah base and the glossy silks. Ernst, having himself mastered making and firing glazed ceramic ware, magnifies the star-patterned tiles and betrays his deep understanding of their properties.  

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