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Rudolf Ernst

A Refreshing Drink

Property from the Najd Collection

Rudolf Ernst

Rudolf Ernst

A Refreshing Drink

A Refreshing Drink

Property from the Najd Collection

Rudolf Ernst

Austrian

1854 - 1932

A Refreshing Drink


signed R. Ernst. lower left; with a hand-written inscription R Ernst / Paris 25 rue Humboldt on remnants of a label on the stretcher

oil on panel

Unframed: 58 by 28cm., 22¾ by 11in.

Framed: 101 by 71cm., 39¾ by 28in.

The panel is flat and even, ensuring a stable support to the paint surface. There are some small spots of rubbing with some associated paint loss notably to the right framing edge and also to the extreme left framing edge. There is a horizontal line of rubbing, starting from the left of the signature, and through the very bottom part of the 'R. Er', visible upon close inspection. Examination under ultra-violet light reveals some broad strokes fluorescing around the figure's head and water vessel, and a spot to the upper left corner, some fine strokes to the arm, hand and to the lower right quadrant. An opaque layer of varnish obscures further reading. Otherwise, this painting is in good condition and ready to hang.


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Sale: Christie's, London, 18 March 1983, lot 74
Mathaf Gallery, London
Purchased from the above
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 88, cited, p. 101, catalogued & illustrated  
Born in Vienna in 1854, Rudolf Ernst received his early training under Anselm Feuerbach at the Vienna Academy, of which his painter-architect father, Leopold Ernst, was also a member. Ernst travelled to Rome and, in the 1880s, to Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia. Later travels would take him to Egypt and, in 1890, to Turkey. In 1876, Ernst settled in France, exhibiting regularly at the Salon de la Société des artistes français and eventually taking French nationality. After starting out painting portraits and genre scenes, from 1885 Ernst turned exclusively to painting Orientalist subjects, which he worked up from the sketches, photographs, souvenirs, and memories accumulated during his travels. A large number of works were executed in his studio in Paris at 25 rue Humboldt, which he decorated in an eclectic Eastern style, and in which he would paint wearing a taboosh, the better to transport himself mentally into the world created in his canvases. He would remain there until he moved to Fontenay-aux-Roses early in the twentieth century.