The Monda Gallery Orientalist Art Collection

Monda Gallery is proud to introduce a selection of fine Orientalist paintings for sale by some of the best Orientalist artists of the period.

Leopold Carl Müller (1834-1892) was one of the leading Austrian orientalist painters of the nineteenth century. His paintings are considered amongst the principle examples of the 'realist' school of European orientalist painting.  Müller painted mostly portraits and landscapes. On offer there is a sensitively painted portrait of a Bedouin (The Bedouin) and a portrait of a young man (Study of an Oriental Head).

Max Schödl (1834-1921)  was an Austrian painter of still-lives. The ‘Still Life with Decorative Oriental Objects’ painted in 1912 has  a photo-realism quality as if the objects could be taken right out from the canvas; just look at those iridescent colours of the mother-of-pearl!

For those who wish to feel the atmosphere of a busy desert market of the nineteenth-century, then look no further than at the charming painting ‘A Market in Egypt’ by the Austrian Orientalist Ludwig Hans Fischer (1848-1915).

Gustavo Simoni (1846–1926) A carpet seller in a souk in the Maghreb, signed, dated and inscribed G. Simoni Roma 1902.

Simoni, an Italian Orientalist, gathered fame especially for his fine Orientalist watercolours which show a fine attention to detail and use of a delicate colour palate.  Among his famous clients was, King Umberto I of Italy.  Simoni won a number of prestigious awards including the Gold Medal at the Salon of Paris in 1889, and in 1895 at the Exposition of Fine Arts in Rome. 

This particular watercolour of a carpet seller is a fine example, and must rank among his best works.

Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905) was a major Italian Orientalist whose patrons included the British Royal family and the Kaiser of Germany.  In 1873, he was awarded a Gold medal at the Vienna Universal Exhibition.  Corrodi exhibited frequently in London; in 1881 « Storm in the desert, Egypt » was presented at The Royal Academy.  His fame rapidly grew.  He received many prizes and honours in Europe and exhibited in London, Paris, Munich, Vienna and Rome. 

His subject material included Egyptian landscapes and ancient buildings, market and street scenes.  His works are characterized by their invention, atmosphere, illuminating effects and colours.

Corrodi made numerous visits to Egypt, Constantinople, Montenegro, Syria, and to the Middle-East.  He would return back to his studio in Rome where he would paint many of his works based from his detailed travel sketches and drawings.

The two paintings ‘Resting before the Temple of Karnak’ and ‘Sunset by the Nile’ are very fine examples of Corrodi’s work.   Moreover, it is rare to present a set of pictures by Corrodi of identical dimensions, the paintings were conceived as a complimentary pair.

Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) ‘Crossing the river on a camel ‘. This fine oil painting shows the mastery of Simoni’s fine artistic style. One can almost feel the heat of the desert sun.  Santoro’s paintings are represented in collections of a number of major museums, for example, Cincinnati Art Museum (Ohio, USA); Baltimore Museum of Art (Maryland, USA); Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester, UK); Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Scotland, UK); Museo Civico (Turin, Italy).

Bedouin and Young Girl by Alois Hans Schram (Vienna 1864-1919) is a beautiful double portrait painting dated 1904. The paternal strength and family bond between father and daughter provide an everlasting endearing image.

Georg Macco (1863-1933) Oriental Scene: Khan el-Khalili district.

Georg Macco was a leading German Orientalist artist. He undertook numerous journeys to North Africa and to the Middle-East.  There he found inspiration and motifs for his paintings that eventually made him one of the most sought-after German Orientalist.  His works impress with their expression, colour and light effects. They also have a pronounced sense of detail and mood. This oil painting has all these artistic qualities.  Macco depicts a busy crowd and merchants in Cairo’s famous bazaar district Khan el-Khalili.   The hustle and bustle, the heat , the dust, and the noise are almost tangible.

Frédéric Marius de Buzon (French, 1879-1958) A lively market square, in Touggourt Algeria.

De Buzon is considered as one of the most influential Orientalists of the Algiers School of painting, and one of its principle founders.  This contemporary movement of Orientalist art created by mainly French artists, was founded in Algeria in 1907 and continued for over forty years.  De Buzon was awarded the Abd-el-Tif prize in 1913. He received a gold medal at the Salon of French artists in 1922 (for The Kabyle Market and The Return of the Market), and a vermilion medal from the Society of French Orientalist painters in 1922. De Buzon taught at the Algerian Academy of Arts in the 1930s.  In the 1950s he travelled widely to Algeria, Spain and to Morocco.

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