DescriptionRUDOLF ERNST (Austrian, 1854-1932)
The Snake Charmer
Oil on panel
12-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches (32.4 x 24.8 cm)
Signed upper left: R. Ernst
M. Paul Matthias, the original Regional Manager for Pepsi Cola for Latin America, purchased the painting in Rio de Janeiro circa 1946;
By inheritance to present owner, 1953.
Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (stamp verso).
Re-varnished panel with fine craquelure in door region; minor scuff to varnish layer above man's left foot; under UV examination, one dot of in-painting (fluorescing dark purple) on right front edge of red cage; four areas fluoresce a pale shade: 1.25" square near lower right corner, .5" square in lower right door, 1" square in middle right door, and .5" square in wall along top edge; otherwise good condition; frame dimensions: 18 x 15".
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