Oil Painting “Greek Warrior” After Carl Haag (1820-1915)
The original of this oil painting is by Carl Haag (1820-1915) . It is called "greek Warrior" and was painted in 1861. The original currently resides in the Banaki Museum, Athens.
This painting is a recent painting: oil on canvas board. The frame is 99cm by 69 cm. This copy is a fresh and painterly rendition with a richly textured surface, and confident brushstrokes. The subject is a moustachioed Greek Soldier in traditional costume.
Haag was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and became the court painter to the Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha. He settled in England in 1847. His self portrait, with medals, is also illustrated here.
In 1850 was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours before becoming a full member in 1853. He also enjoyed the patronage of Queen Victoria. Between 1858 and 1860, he travelled to the Middle East, at first staying for more than a year in Cairo. Later he journeyed to Jerusalem, Lebanon and Syria before returning to Cairo. During this period, he made many sketches which he worked up into paintings after returning to London. He returned to Egypt in 1873-74 to gather inspiration for further Oriental paintings.
He was a prolific and important painter Holy Land scenes. He gained a considerable reputation for his firmly drawn and meticulously elaborated paintings of Eastern subjects. Some of his depictions of the Middle East are in the Israel Museum's collection. In 1903, he retired and towards the end of his life, Haag left England and returned to the newly united German Empire.
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