This village scene at Aswan (Assuan) in Egypt is a pair to our previous item No. 5223 and was created by famous Austrian landscape and oriental painter Bernhard Fiedler ( 1816 Berlin - 1904 Triest ).
The author studied at the Berlin Art Academy and was also a pupil of decoration painter Johann Gerst and marine painter Wilhelm Kraus. After his study and life in Venice, Triest and Dalmacia in 1843 , he recieved the prohibiton from King Friedrich Wilhelm IV to paint castles of Count Coll´Alto in Friaul. In 1848 he was a drawing teacher by Great Duchess Charlotte, wife of Austrian Duce Maximilian ( later King ofMexico ) in Triest. Also later Fiedler settled in Triest and worked for noble houses of Austria and Prussia. In 1853 he accompanied the ambassador Karl Ludwig von Bruck in travel to Constantinople. In 1854 on prohibiton of Prussian king Fiedler travelled to Asia Minor, Syria, Palestina and Egypt . Same route he made with Duke of Brabant ( next King Leopold II of Belgium). Next orient travells artist made untill 1882. Afterthen he lived till his death in Triest. He took part in the regular exhibitons in Austria and Germany. Bernhard Fiedler is one of the most important austrian romantical orientalists.
His biography can be find in the exhibition catalogue ( in german) " Orient . Austrian Painters 1848 - 1914 " , Residenz gallery, Salzburg, 1997 and in the lexicon "Austrian Artists of 19th century" by Prof.H.Fuchs, Viennna, 1975.
Inscription: titled and signed lwer right in Getman: " Bei Assuan, Fiedler".
Technique: oil on wood. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 20 3/8" x h 11 5/8" (51,7 x 29,5 cm ), framed w 29 1/8" x h 20 1/4" (74 x 51,5 cm)
Condition: in very good condition .