Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi
Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi

HERMANN DAVID SALOMON CORRODI (1844-1905)

Orientalist style oil on canvas genre painting by Corrodi

1850 to 1899 Italy

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This beautiful genre painting was produced in the late 19th Century by the acclaimed Italian orientalist artist, Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905).

The image depicts a market place, which is set up in a narrow street, in the shade caused by tree branches propped up between the buildings. In the foreground, a moustached man in a blue jacket rides a horse, accompanied by a white donkey, laden with bags. Two men, wearing turbans and colourful clothing, stand before him, with their backs to the viewer. On the left, a pair of women, dressed in white hijabs, stand and talk to one another. Groups of turbaned men sit and smoke pipes or talk in the entrances of the buildings on the left and right of the composition. In the distance, people walk in the street and gather around the men selling goods.

A mosque, with ablaq (white ashlar and orange brick striped) masonry, is located on the left side of the composition. A minaret tops its arched entrance gate and extends up into the sky, with a second minaret just visible in the far distance. The other buildings in the street are slightly run-down, their wooden beams rotten and plaster walls cracked. The functional, makeshift appearance of the architecture — where a classical, white stone Corinthian column is used to prop up a dilapidated old building, for instance — is seen as something beautiful and charming.

Corrodi was trained at the well-respected Academy of St Luke in Rome and later continued his education in Paris. He would have painted this image from close observation of Middle Eastern culture, since Corrodi is known to have travelled to Egypt, Syria, Cyprus and Istanbul in his career as an artist. Corrodi’s pictures were collected by royalty in Europe, who clearly admired his naturalistic style of painting.

This painting has been rendered using short, considered strokes of oil paint. Using this technique, Corrodi has managed to capture the colour and activity of the Middle Eastern market place.

The image is signed ‘H. Corrodi Nicosia’ in the lower left corner and a plaque reading, ‘H. Corrodi’ is fixed to the curvaceous frame.
The frame and canvas take the following dimensions:

Frame- Height 118cm, width 73cm
Canvas- Height 102cm, width 57cm
Stock Code
15907
Medium
Oil on canvas, giltwood
Signed/Inscribed
The image is signed ‘H. Corrodi Nicosia’, and a plaque reads, ‘H. Corrodi'.
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