Views of the East Triumph
at 19th-Century Picture Sale in London

Two paintings by the Austrian painter, Ludwig Deutsch (1885-1935), sold for a combined total of more than £1million in Bonhams 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art Sale in London today (20 February). The sale made a total of £2,592,563.

At the Mosque (1895) sold for £560,750 (estimate: £300,000-500,000) and Respect (1902) made £512,750 (estimate: £250,000-350,000). The works had been in the same private collection for over 40 years.

Bonhams Director of 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art, Charles O'Brien said: "I am delighted by the result. Deutsch was a magnificent painter whose painstaking attention to detail and beautifully controlled brushwork has made him one of the most coveted of painters in this genre."

During the 1890s, Deutsch visited Egypt several times, collecting objects such as fabrics, costumes, tiles and weaponry that he would later incorporate into his paintings. He also took numerous photographs to ensure the architectural accuracy of his work, most of which was produced in his Paris studio rather than in situ in north Africa.

Other sale highlights included:

- Two thousand years ago by John Atkinson Grimshaw. Sold for £125,000 (estimate: £100,000-150,000)

- The Norns Watering the Tree of Life by William Scott. Sold for £75,000 (estimate: £60,000-80,000)

- The Bridge by Stanhope Forbes. Sold for £93,750 (estimate: £30,000-50,000)

- Charivari (The Grand Parade) by Dame Laura Knight . Sold for £62,500 (estimate: £50,000-70,000)

Ludwig Deutsch was born in Vienna in 1855 into a prosperous family. He trained initially at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, moving to Paris in the mid-1870s to continue his studies. He settled permanently in the French capital in 1880, setting up a studio on Rue le Peletier (where in 1876 the second Impressionist exhibition had been held).


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