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Stanislaus von Chlebowski (1835-1884)

Stanislaus von Chlebowski (1835-1884)

A Turkish Lady praying in the Green Mosque, Bursa

signed and dated 'St. Chlebowski/1878' and signed and inscribed 'Une grande dame turque en prière dans la Mosquée de Brousse/par St. Chlebowski' on an old label on the reverse; oil on canvas
22¼ x 16¾in. (56.4 x 42.5cm.)

Lot Essay

Chlebowski was born in Podolia, the Ukraine, and began his artistic training in St. Petersburg. He visited Munich before moving to Paris where he entered the Beaux-Arts as a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme, painting in the 'Academic tradition with excellent details and a high finish', L. Thornton, The Orientalist Painter-Travellers, 1828-1908, Paris, 1983, p. 258. He settled in Constantinople for 12 years, working for the Sultan Abdul Aziz, painting everyday scenes of Turkish life.

The Yesil Cami or the Green Mosque in Bursa, Western Anatolia was completed in 1422 for Sultan Mehmet I and is known for its magnificent ceramics and purity of style. One of the most beautiful of Ottoman mosques, it was also painted by the Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey, another pupil of Gérôme, in his painting Koran Instruction.

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