The Orientalist Sale including Works from the Najd Collection

The Orientalist Sale including Works from the Najd Collection

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Property from the Najd Collection

Hippolyte Lazerges

A Gift

Lot Closed

March 30, 12:04 PM GMT

Estimate

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Najd Collection

Hippolyte Lazerges

French

1817 - 1887

A Gift


signed Hipte Lazerges lower left

oil on panel

Unframed: 61 by 43.2cm., 24 by 17in.

Framed: 95 by 77cm., 37½ by 30¼in.

Mathaf Gallery, London (by 1984)
Purchased from the above
Lynne Thornton, Women as Portrayed in Orientalist Painting, Paris, 1985, p. 132, catalogued & illustrated (as The Love Token)
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 185, cited, p. 186, catalogued & illustrated
London, Mathaf Gallery, Spring Exhibition of Important Orientalist Paintings of the 19th Century, 1984, no. 25, illustrated in the catalogue
Hippolyte Lazerges first travelled to Algeria with his father between 1830 and 1838. When he returned to France he became a pupil of the sculptor David d’Angers and then of the history and portrait painter François Bouchot. He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1841 winning a third, second and first class medal in 1843, 1848 and 1864 respectively. He exhibited his first North African scene at the Salon in 1842 titled Courtisane, souvenir d’Alger and then Femmes d’Alger three years later. He finally settled in Algeria and painted many scenes of ordinary life, often depicting one or two full length figures. A Gift is an interesting example of this favoured composition and he has depicted two figures standing by the entrance of an Algerian town house. The man in a colourful burnous offers the woman a red carnation, the fleeting moment of this exchange emphasized by her pose; she is holding the door ajar with one hand as she peers out, the other hand moves the veil up to cover her face.