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32: Edouard Richter (French, 1844-1913), The Odalesque

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Edouard Richter (French, 1844-1913), The Odalesque

Oil on canvas, titled The Odalesque on plaque, unsigned, with additional provenance information including a ca 1958 note and biographical information on Andrew Dobbie; 46.5 x 30.75 in.

Edouard Richter was a well known Salon artist during the late 19th century; in 1881, the French Salon elected him as a full member. Often, he depicted Orientalist women in highly detailed exotic environments, like shown here. Housed in a large ornate gilt and gesso frame, the portrait shows a darkly painted woman standing under a pulled back curtain. The varying degrees of deep reds, browns, and blacks add to her mysterious appeal and alluring beauty.

Although executed in Europe, this painting has a strong regional provenance. The painting was originally purchased by Mr. Henry C. Noble of Columbus, OH probably while touring Europe. A prominent citizen, Mr. Noble was a lawyer and served as president of the Columbus Bar Association; he died in 1890. At the time of his death, Andrew Dobbie (1839-1924), a successful Columbus merchant and civic leader, purchased the painting at an estate sale for one thousand dollars. Eventually, the painting passed down through the Dobbie family to the present owner. Purchase history included.

Provenance: Descended in Family to Present Owner.


Loss of paint, especially around upper perimeter. Heat damage.

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Estimate $30,000 – $50,000
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