Artist: Ludwig Deutsch
Title: The Lamp Lighter
Signed lower right L. Deutsch, inscribed PARIS, and dated 1900
Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 22 1/4 x 17 1/4 in (56.5 by 43.8 cm)
When I think of Ludwig Deutsch, I think of palace guards in rich robes, with exotic, lavishly decorated palace interiors. This painting is rather different, because the focus is more about the atmosphere in which this individual goes about his business.
True to his working technique Deutsch pays attention to every detail and shows his interest in historical recreation. It has been determined that the setting is the interior of a mosque.
"...The inscription above the marble panels identifies the interior as a mosque of the late Mamluk period and since Deutsch painted the interior of the Mosque of Aqsunqur (The Blue Mosque), the interior of this mosque could possibly be that of the Amir Qijmas al-Ishaqi, 1480, located on the same street as that of Aqsunqur. ..."Source: Caroline Williams
Each item in the painting has been rendered with utmost care, but is not overdone. The lamp lighter, with his beautiful rendered skin and lovely robe, is kept focused at the task at hand. The colors are not bold, but from a very calm palette. All these element add to a sense of calm and quiet within the painting. Just what one would expect when entering a place of worship.