Rudolf Ernst


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Status, price and estimation by the artist Rudolf Ernst

Price of a painting: 180 – 452,540 €.

Estimation of a drawing: 800 – 316,170 €.

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The training of Rudolf Ernst

Rudolft Ernst was an Austrian Orientalist painter born on 14 February 1854 in Vienna who died in 1932 in Paris. His father, Leopold, was an architect and member of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Rudolf himself became a pupil of the Academy in 1869 and attended the history painting courses given by the famous German painter Anselm Feuerbach from 1873 to 1876.

In 1877, he took part in the Salon des Artistes français and then left Vienna for Paris due to a disagreement with the administration of the Academy.

Rudolf Ernst and Orientalism

From then on, Ernst participated regularly in this Salon and presented his first orientalist subject in 1885, Dans la Médersa, inspired by a trip to Morocco.

The painter then devoted himself mainly to the orientalist theme which his numerous trips to Morocco, Egypt and Istanbul nourished. His works often focus on one or two central and romantic figures, nestled in fantastic North African mosques painted in warm tones of yellow and orange. His paintings are often compared to those of his friend, the orientalist painter Ludwig Deutsch, who took the same courses as him at the Vienna Academy.

Ernst’s characters are usually in costume and depict sentimental scenes from everyday life. He depicts harem guards, princes, merchants and elegant women reclining on luxurious terraces. He depicts instruments, decorative objects and various materials, such as marble or silk, with a constant attention to detail, even making his audience feel the exotic atmosphere of his works. He also painted portraits of important figures of the Ottoman court.

Rudolf Ernst, a well-known and highly regarded artist

Rudolf Ernst takes part in the 1889 World Exhibition, for which he receives a bronze medal. At the World Fair of 1900, he receives a medal of honour.

During exhibitions at the Salons, the painter met with great success, especially with American clients who were fond of large formats and orientalist themes.

On the occasion of an auction held in April 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York,  a work by  the artist whose subject was The Fountain of Ahmed III, Constantinople was sold for over €815,000, making this auction a record sum for the painter. This painting had the particularity of depicting an exterior setting.

Recognising Rudolf Ernst’s signature

Like many artists, Rudolf Ernst did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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