Family at the door signed 'L. Deutsch' (upper left) oil on panel 52 x 46cm (20 1/2 x 18 1/8in).
PROVENANCE: A private collection
Ludwig Deutsch was born in Vienna and attended the city's renowned Academy of Fine Arts, like his contemporary Rudolf Ernst, before settling in Paris. Much like his peers, he was inspired by the great Jean Léon Gérôme and similarly began his voyage in Egypt to see North Africa and the Middle East through his own eyes, thus beginning his career as the most important Austrian Orientalist.
In 1900, Deutsch was awarded the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle for an Orientalist composition. This coveted award, marking the pinnacle of Deutsch's career, was a sign of absolute excellence and exceptional genius.
Deutsch collected objects along his journey and his home was also decorated in Orientalist fashion, however the present lot depicts a scene from his travels rather than that of his creation. Family at the door shows two woman, one holding a small child, and a man at the door of their home marked 77 in Arabic numerals. The standing woman with a jar in her hand looks statuesque and strong in her beauty. Deutsch has used the neutral earthen tones of the building behind as a backdrop for the jewel-like lapis tones of the women in their robes.
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