161. Marius Bauer
(The Hague 1867 – Amsterdam 1932)
Temple Gate (The Gate of The Temple) (1919)
Signed lower right
Watercolor and black chalk on paper, 65.4 x 53.3 cm
– Art dealer EJ van Wisselingh & Co, Amsterdam (1920) (inv. no. 1764)
– Collection JMP Glerum, Amsterdam (1920-1929)
– Auction Mensing, Amsterdam, April 16, 1929, lot 82
– Auction A. Mak, Amsterdam, November 4, 1930, lot 23
- Private collection, the Netherlands
Registered at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague under number 250322.
Marius Alexander Jacques Bauer was a Dutch painter, etcher and lithographer, best known for his Oriental scenes. His style was largely Impressionistic, although it also derived to some extent from the Hague School. Many of his works were based on photographs he bought during his travels. All of the recurring Egyptian monuments in Marius Bauer's oeuvre are the result of his trip to Egypt in 1919. The present watercolor possibly depicts the door of the Pylon of the Temple of Edfu. At that time, this temple complex was buried to a depth of approximately 12 meters. Bauer's watercolor carefully renders the ruins, but transcends archaeological description to evoke the thrill of exploration and discovery.