Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Favorite

Artist: Rudolph Ernst
Title: The Favorite 1872
Austrian Orientalist

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Biography of Rudolf Ernst

Rudolph Ernst (1854 - 1932)

1854 born in Vienna, the son of the architectural painter Leopold Ernst.
1869 joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at the age of 15
1874 traveled to Rome to study the representation of Italian landscapes and classical romantic figures
prior to 1885 painting mainly portraits, images of children and genre scenes.
1885 started to create orientalist paintings, paintings for which achieved great fame as an artist.
1885 traveled through the Middle East, visiting Morocco, Spain and Turkey.
1872The Favorite
1876 Ernst decided to settle in Paris where he would exhibit at the Salon des
Artistes Francais for the following six decades, befriending Ludwig Deutsch. He eventually also became a French citizen.
1877 he exhibited for the first time in the Hall of French Artists in Paris.
1885 The Messanger
1888 Prayer in the Mosque
1889 took part in the Exposition Universelle and won a bronze medal
1890 visited Constantinople, Turkey and Egypt
1894 Arab Smoking a Waterpipe on a Sofa
1896 Return from the Tiger Hunt
1900 left Paris to live in Fontenay-aux-Roses, where he lived a quiet and somewhat reclusive life.
1910 The Evening Prayer
1918 The Lovers
Year? An Elegant Chieftain in his Palace
Year? The Arab Prince
Year? HArem Girls
Year? The Pasha's Favorite Tiger
Year? Parfume Makers
Year? The Wedding Gift
Year? The Moorish Guard
Year? The Metal Workers
Year? The Lesson
Year? The Meal
Year? The Presentation
Year? Returning Home
Year? Romantic Interlude
Year? The Scholar
Year? Portrait of an Arab Nobleman
Year? Guard of the Harem
Year? A Sultan with a Tiger
Year? Entering the Palace Garden
Year? Salome and the Tigers
Year? Standing Guard
1932 died in Fontenau aux Roses

Ludwig Deutsch and Rudolf Ernst became best friends throughout their lives.

Ernst belonged to the second generation of Orientalist painters. The first generation, such as Delacroix, Vernet, Colin and Chasseriau were inspired by political events such as the liberation of Greece and Napoleon's conquest of Algeria. Artists from the second half of the century such as Gerome, Bauernfeind, Deutsch and Ernst were more interested in depicting scenes from the daily life of the East such as Bedouins gathering in sun bathed deserts, Bashi-Bazouks resting, Nubians guarding palaces or odalisques smoking narghiles in intimate harems. Ernst's first taste of the East was sparked by journeys to Moorish Spain, Morocco and Tunis and later to Constantinople and Egypt.

Whilst on these travels he became very interested in the eastern styles of decoration, in particular tile-making, and by 1900 he left Paris to live in Fontenay-aux-Roses, where he decorated his home in an Ottoman style and lived among the oriental objects which figured so largely in his paintings. In fact, he even painted wearing the tasseled cap known as a tarboosh. Heavily influenced by the academic style of Jean-Leon Gerome, both Ludwig Deutsch and Rudolf Ernst implemented the French master's exactitude in detail and intensity of color. Yet Ernst's work differs fundamentally when compared to both Gerome and Deutsch, as his compositions are eclectic assemblies and wondrous compilations of selected designs from different sources such as Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey and Andalusian Spain.
Source: Artfact

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