Hermann Corrodi was brought up in an artistic milieu. He studied first in Geneva, and then continued his training in his father's studio and at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. He gained international acclaim as a painter of genre and Orientalist subjects through his commissions from the Bristish and Austro-Hunagrian royal families. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Near East, specialising in refined landscapes of the desert, the banks of the Nile and its surrounding villages.
At the beginning of the 1880's Corrodi embarked on a trip to Egypt, Syria, Cyprus and Constantinople, bringing back a wealth of precious eastern objects which were destroyed when his studio burned down in 1892. Nevertheless, this journey was to provide Corrodi with inspiration for one of his most celebrated works A Storm in the Desert, Egypt, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881.
The present work embodies most of Corrodi's favorite themes. It illustrates the artist's fascination with Egypt, and more specifically with the Nile. Sunset on the Nile, Cairo also characterizes his ability to depict a scene as if it was a snapshot, which is amongst Corrodi's most remarkable talents.