RUDOLF ERNST (Austrian 1854-1932)
    Portrait of a Man in Armor
    Oil on board
    13 x 9-1/2 inches (33.0 x 24.1 cm)
    Signed lower right: R. Ernst
    Artist suppliers stamp on verso: Blanchet Paris
    Skinner, October 18, 1997, lot 430

    The artist was a noted Orientalist painter, whose sub-specialty was portraiture. As a devoted Orientalist, Ernst concentrated almost exclusively on mosque and harem interiors, as well as other scenes of daily life in North Africa and the Middle East. He based his paintings on photographs and prints, as well as on his own memories and sketches of Morocco and Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), frequently relying upon favorite patterns or objects. Unlike some of his peers, whose approach to these subjects was strictly topographical or ethnographic, Ernst often blended the architecture, artifacts, and costumes of diverse cultures. His intensely detailed images glow with jewel-like color and are energized by the complex interplay of rich fabrics, decorative tiles, and intricate metalwork. His love of painting such materials and textures is expressed in the attention awarded to the armor in the present portrait.

    Estimate: $4,000 - $7,000.

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    Excellent condition.

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