RUDOLF ERNST | THE NEW BRIDE
RUDOLF ERNST | THE NEW BRIDE
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RUDOLF ERNST | THE NEW BRIDE

Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 GBP

RUDOLF ERNST | THE NEW BRIDE

Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 GBP

Lot Sold:350,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

RUDOLF ERNST

Austrian

1854-1932

THE NEW BRIDE


signed R. Ernst. lower right

oil on panel

100 by 74cm., 39 by 29in.

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Sale: Fraser Bros, Montreal, 30 May 1975, lot 656

Mathaf Gallery, London

Purchased from the above

Exhibited

Paris, Salon, 1904, no. 678 (as Sortie de la fiancée)

Literature

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 98, catalogued & illustrated

Martina Haja & Günter Wimmer, Les Orientalistes des écoles allemandes et autrichiennes, Courbevoie, 2000, pp. 226-27, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

The scale and ambition of this composition distinguishes it as a painting made for exhibition, and indeed it was Ernst's submission to the 1904 Paris Salon. Not only does it depict the celebration of a newly married bride, but also it is in and of itself a sensual celebration of the colours, costumes and sounds of life in Egypt or North Africa. The sound of the tambourines is almost audible, the silks of the costumes and the ceremonial awning tactile, and the gifts borne by the donkey and littering the floor tangible. The bride, accompanied by her bridesmaids, steps across the threshold of the ceremonial chamber. Her shoes await her at the bottom of the stairs, where a plush Moroccan carpet has been laid for her to reach her conveyance, presumably a sedan chair.


In 1898, the critic Léon Roger-Milès praised Ernst to the French public in glowing terms. Nothing, he wrote, remained innocent of beauty, whether it was a painting, a piece of music, or a ceramic (Ernst taught himself the art of faïence, inspired by the tiles he saw on his travels to the Middle East). Of course, Ernst had established his reputation as an artist in France from as early as 1877, the year he first showed at the annual Paris Salon. However, it was not until 1885, following his first trips to Spain and Morocco, that he began painting Orientalist subjects and that he exhibited his first Orientalist artwork, In the Madrasa, at the Salon. In common with his compatriots Deutsch and Ernst, he henceforth focused entirely on this genre, establishing himself as the painter par excellence of surfaces, textures, and patterns.

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