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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)

    A dance at sunset

    Price Realised  


    Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)
    A dance at sunset
    signed and inscribed 'OTTO PILNY Cairo' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    31¾ x 47¼ in. (80 x 120 cm.)

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    The present lot is a fine example of the luminosity which is so typical of the work of Otto Pilny. The Swiss-born artist started his artistic education in Prague at the time of its cultural dominance over the region. Later he lived in Vienna for a time, until finally settling in Zürich. He was a great admirer of the Orient and in 1889 he travelled to Egypt for the first time. He was enthralled by its landscape, its people and their customs. He was a prolific painter and fuelled by his love for the Orient he has left behind a wide oeuvre in which the warm tones and vibrant atmosphere of tribal desert existence are dominantly present.

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