Rudolf Ernst is an Austrian Orientalist artist Born in Vienna in 1854, the son of the architectural painter Leopold Ernst, the young Rudolf received his early artistic training at the Vienna Academy. During his last year of schooling, he and his peer Franz Simm won a scholarship which allowed them to travel first through Italy, then Morocco, Spain and Tunis before settling in Paris and taking French citizenship. In Paris he made contact with Charles Wilda and Arthur Ferraris amongst other Orientalists, and made himself known to artist circles. He continued to travel throughout the 1890s, visiting Turkey and Egypt. While on his travels, the artist bought artifacts, pottery, katftans and textiles, which he brought back to France and used over and over again to enhance the authenticity of his paintings
1854 - 1932
1854: Born in Vienna, the son of the architectural painter Leopold Ernst.
1869: Joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at the age of 15
1874: Traveled to Rome to study the representation of Italian landscapes and classical romantic figures prior to 1885 painting mainly portraits, images of children and genre scenes.
1885: Started to create Orientalist Paintings, paintings for which achieved great fame as an artist.
1885: Traveled through the Middle East, visiting Morocco, Spain and Turkey