Feluka on the Nile


Emil Orlik (1870-1932) Feluka on Nile, circa 1916, signed in pencil lower right margin.  In very good condition, with margins (remains of prior hinging margin corners verso), 4 5/8 x 8, the sheet 6 1/2 x 10 inches.

A fine impression, in dark reddish brown ink, with platetone, on a cream wove paper.

Emil Orlik (1870-1932, born in Prague) was a member of the Berlin and the Viennese Secessions, but although often identified as a leading and early German Expressionist, his art transcended any single movement.

He first traveled to the Far East in 1900, wanting to learn close up what exactly was exciting artists from Whistler to Toulouse Lautrec.  He returned to Europe in 1901 to prepare for exhibitions, first at Cassirer in Berlin, then a series of one-man shows; at the Viennese Secession XIII exhibition he showed a number of works heavily influenced by his visit to Japan.  A dozen or so years later he traveled to North Africa including Egypt and then again to the Far East.

The Feluka, although not a Japanese subject and created a number of years after Orlik’s initial contact with the art of Japan demonstrates Orlik’s involvement with Japonisme, and as always with Orlik, his superb draughtsmanship.  It also evidences a stillness and calm most unusual for Western art.

Those interested in more background on Orlik as well as information on Orlik prints will find the excellent website orlikprints.com of special interest; we strongly recommend a visit.