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This is a huge fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting various young women ‘In the Harem’ of an Oriental palace by the eminent Austrian Orientalist painters Hans Makart (1840-1884) and Heinrich Schlimarski (1859-1913). The painting is signed by the artists and presented in a superb quality newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Hans Makart (1840-1884) was perhaps the most important Viennese academic history painter of the 19th century. Makart was a seminal influence on the artistic culture of Vienna in the final quarter of the century and a major inspiration to Gustav Klimt and what became known as the Vienna Succession, the European Art Nouveau movement.

From 1850 Makart studied at the Vienna Academy under Johann Fischbach and from 1861 with Karl Theodor von Piloty in Munich. Hans Makart’s painting of Romeo and Juliet was bought by the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I for the Vienna Museum, and by 1870 the artist was so successful that the phrase ‘Makartstil’ (Makart style) had become part of the language illustrating the extent of his influence and popularity. The current work was painted by Makart and his most gifted pupil Heinrich Schlimarski, a celebrated Austrian Orientalist painter of the Belle Epoque, circa 1880.

Dimensions: (framed) 195cm x 120cm (76¾” x 47¼”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 176cm x 101cm (69¼” x 39¾”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private collection.
Presentation: Superb quality gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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