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Orientalist Painting Of The Temple Of Horus At Edfu, By Ernst Karl Koerner 1888

£ 150,000

Ernst Karl Koerner

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Oil on canvas
54 x 36 inches
Signed and dated lower left Ernst Koerner 1888

Private collection, acquired at Spinks 1969

This exceptional painting depicts the Temple of Horus at Edfu from unexcavated hillock with evening sunlight, surrounded by an arab encampment, the temple and pylons, mosque and distant Nile, feluccas and mauve hills.

Koerner was a German colorist of the School of Berlin. His preferred subject were interiors of architecturally remarkable buildings such as the Alhambra, Alcazar in Sevilla, Spain, and others. In these, he showed a keen understanding of specific architectural features, while creating a poetic atmosphere through the application of color and light.

The artist was born in 1846, lived in Berlin and found the support of several monarchs, including Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. He was the recipient of numerous awards: Vienna 1873, Philadelphia 1876, Melbourne 1889, and Berlin 1891.
Ernst Karl Koerner