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Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935)

Professions: Painter; Illustrator

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Ludwig Deutsch Biography

(b Vienna, 1855; d Paris, 1935) Austrian Painter. After studying at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts from 1872 to 1875, Austrian-born Deutsch settled into the thriving art capital of Paris, where he joined his compatriot and fellow Orientalist painter Rudolf Ernst. Between 1879 and 1883, Deutsch exhibited portraits and genre scenes at the Salon. After 1883 he drew inspiration almost exclusively from his travels to Egypt. Deutsch was thought to have visited Egypt as many as five times between 1883 and 1904. These formative trips allowed him to gather subjects and motifs for his oeuvre.* In Paris he achieved great success in the 1890s with his highly detailed scenes of daily life in Egypt. The year 1900 marked the pinnacle of Deutsch's career, for he was awarded the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle for an Orientalist composition. Deutsch focused primarily on the depiction of Nubian figures, which became some of his most desired and popular images. Beginning in 1910, the artist painted scenes of everyday Egyptian life by the Nile in a free style and began to experiment with Post-Impressionism. Deutsch's late period typifies his shift away from academic tendencies in favor of a broader, more spontaneous manner. Ludwig Deutsch continued to paint until his death in Paris in 1935. (Credit: *Sotheby’s, New York, 19th Century European, April 24, 2009, Lot 14; Christie’s, London, 19th Century European, June 26, 2007, Lot 90; Christie’s, New York, 19th Century European, April 19, 2005, Lot 43; Christie’s, New York, 19th Century European and Orientalist, October 22, 2008, Lot 117)

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