Marius Bauer (1867-1932)
Arriving at the Palitana temples, Gujarat, India (circa 1898)
Signed lower right and with title on a label of Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh, Amsterdam on the reverse
Pencil, chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, H. 46 x W. 78 cm
Marius Bauer visited India for the first time in 1897-98. India fascinated him, and he wrote enthusiastically from Palitana to the Dutch art dealer E.J. van Wisselingh who supported him: “Order a thousand etching plates and a thousand reams of paper for a thousand Akëdyssérils. We will earn thousands of Guilders!” (Akëdysséril was a book by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam about the mysterious East illustrated by Bauer in 1894.) In this correspondence Bauer writes a lot about, and bought, Indian antiques. These were used by the art dealer to decorate houses of wealthy Amsterdam families who also bought a lot of prints and paintings by Bauer. They indeed both made a lot of money out of the visit to India, and Bauer produced his best works during this fruitful period.