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Adolf von Meckel (1856 - 1893)

Lot 239: Adolphe von Meckel (1856-1893)


March 16, 1999
New York, NY, US

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VIEW OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM with the von Meckel Nachlass lable on the reverse gouache and watercolor on heavy paper, laid down on board 20 1/2 by 26 1/2in. 52.1 by 67.3cm. This majestic and vibrant view of the Temple Mount, Jerusalem was executed by von Meckel in Jerusalem circa 1888. Meckel was an important Orientalist artist who travelled to Palestine in the last century and captured its views with great clarity, freshness and spontaneity. Because he died very young, examples of his work, especially Holy Land scenes, are exceptionally rare to the market. Von Meckel was born on February 17, 1856 in Berlin and entered the Kunstschule Karlsruhe in 1863 as a student of Hans Gude. The author of the catalogue on an exhibition of major Orientalist pictures held in London in 1984 at the Mathaf Gallery observed that "Meckel travelled in Europe, then repeatedly in the Orient, especially Syria, Palestine, Egypt and North Africa. He painted almost exclusively Orientalist scenes. The main source of his subject-matter was Palestine and Egypt. Meckel died at the age of 38 in Berlin. Examples of his paintings may be found in the following museums: MusEe des Beaux Arts de Karlsruhe, MusEe de Grand and MusEe de Mesdag, The Hague" (Mathaf Gallery, London, March 1984, m.p.). Provenance: Estate of the artist.

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