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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 159

    Theodore Jacques Ralli (Greek, 1852-1909)

    La concubine endormie: The sleeping concubine

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    Theodore Jacques Ralli (Greek, 1852-1909)
    La concubine endormie: The sleeping concubine
    signed and dated 'Ralli. 85' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    8½ x 19¼ in. (21.6 x 48.9 cm.)
    Painted in 1885.


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    Theodore Ralli was the one of the most prominent Greek artists of the 19th century, who painted in a strongly Academic vein and enjoyed considerable success at the Paris Salon, where he exhibited in the 1870s.

    Ralli showed the same rigorous approach to technique as his master Jean-Léon Gérôme, but his eye was less detached than that of his master. Unlike the marmoreal beauties of his French contemporaries, his odalisques, of which the present work is a typical example, exude languor and moodiness.

    The contraposto pose of Ralli's figure gives her an erotic quality, exaggerating the sinuousness of her form, and thrusting her chest -- the curves of which echo her undulating hips -- into the foreground. Her face, rather than sourced from the antique, has a realistic quality which establishes her as a modern, rather than idealised, woman.

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    Provenance

    with Cooling Galleries, London.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 23 May 1997, lot 112.