Ludwig Deutsch Austria

1855 Vienna, AUT - 4-9-1935 Paris, FRA

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Ludwig Deutsch came from a well-established Jewish family. His father was a financier at the Austrian court. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts 1872-1875, then, in 1878, moved to Paris where he became strongly associated with Orientalism. He was on good terms with another Austrian Orientalist in Paris, Rudolf Ernst.

After high school, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts to study Classical painting with Anselm Feuerbach. Deutsch continued his studies while taking lessons with the history influential painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Jean-Paul also introduced his most gifted students to Parisian buyers.

1881 Ludwig Deutsch first recorded Orientalistes painting is created. Painting of 'The Domino Players' completed, he exhibits a now lost piece to the Salon of French Artists under the title "An Orientalist Amateur. During this time Deutsch's work goes through an evolution. Although the subjects remain almost the same, he slowly turns from group paintings to that of capturing unique characters, from depicting secular places to that of beautiful palaces and places of worship. During his career he was to have several studios throughout Paris and the South of France. The artist made use of photography to ensure archaeological accuracy in his painted renderings of local architecture, tile and ablaq stone work.

Always the perfectionist, his work is characterized by exact attention to detail. 1886 Deutsch traveled to Egypt for the 1st time. 1890 Deutsch traveled to Egypt for a 2nd time. These trips allowed him to gather subjects and motif for his work.

With the break out of the First World War, he was forced to leave Paris. After war he obtained French citizenship and started to sign his name as Louis Deutsch.

Ludwig Deutsch, always the perfectionist has throughout his career aimed to perfect his photo realistic technique and to offer variety through the sparkling ways he has treated his canvases. Despite the exactness in the details, there is also evidence that he aimed to convey cultural relevance.

Movement: Orientalism
Influences: Jean-Paul Laurens, Anselm Feuerbach
Traveled: France, Egypt
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