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Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)
Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)

A rest in the desert

Details
Otto Pilny (Swiss, 1866-1936)
A rest in the desert
signed and dated 'PLINY OTTO 1903' (lower right)
oil on canvas
26¾ x 42 1/8 in. (68.6 x 107.1 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 18 June 1998, Lot 127.

Lot Essay

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 Zurich. 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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