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    Sale 2035

    19th Century European Art and Orientalist Art

    22 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    Friedrich Perlberg (German, 1848-1921)

    The Evening Prayer, Thebes

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    Friedrich Perlberg (German, 1848-1921)
    The Evening Prayer, Thebes
    signed and inscribed 'F. Perlberg - München' (lower left); signed and inscribed 'Der Samurum Kunst Ebene von Theben mit den Memnousaulen Egypten F. Perlberg' (on the reverse)
    oil on panel
    15¼ x 30 in. (38.7 x 76.2 cm.)

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    Perlberg must have seen Gustave Guillaumet's epic canvas Evening, Prayer in the Sahara, 1863, a state purchase now housed in the Musée d'Orsay (fig. 1). The artist replicated Guillaumet's composition on a smaller scale with great exactitude, embellishing it further with the addition of the archaeological components of the two statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III which are all that survive of the ruler's mortuary temple on the left bank of the Nile at Thebes.

    (fig. 1) Gustave Guillaumet, Evening Prayer in the Sahara, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Photo courtesy: RNM.