Ottoman Feluccas off the coast of Alexandria

Laurits Bernhard Holst

Danish ( b.1848 - d.1934 )

Ottoman Feluccas off the coast of Alexandria

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower left

Image size 24.2 inches x 39.4 inches ( 61.5cm x 100cm )
Frame size 29.9 inches x 45.1 inches ( 76cm x 114.5cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by the Danish artist Laurits Bernhard Holst dating from the turn of the 19th century into the early 20th century.
The painting is presented and supplied in an early 20th century ornate frame. The canvas is lined from an earlier restoration dating from the 1960s or 1970s. The frame has benefitted from some restoration and cleaning which took place in 2018 on our instructions.
The painting is signed lower left.

The artist Laurits Bernhard Holst is an outstanding nineteenth century marine painter of international repute. He was born in Denmark in 1848, the son of an artist. He learned to draw and paint as a child and decided that this must be his career. At just 20 he left home to visit America where he found success in his own right. He toured around Mexico, San Francisco, and Chicago, where he was admitted as a member of the Chicago Academy.

Holst returned to Denmark in the early 1870s, before moving to England in 1878. He lived in Scarborough for a while and later had studios in Chelsea and South Kensington before settling finally in Bournemouth in 1896. He visited Denmark regularly and exhibited there, mainly in Charlottenburg until 1891. He gained a reputation for excellence in both the United States and the UK and sold works to both the English and Danish royal houses. He also exhibited works at the Royal Academy eleven times between 1878 and 1902. He continued to live in Bournemouth until his death in 1934.

Holst is best known as a marine artist who loved and understood the moods of the sea. He had an amazing talent for capturing the movement of water and the effect of light upon it. His work continues to be respected and collected today.

This stunning original oil on canvas painting features feluccas off the coast of Alexandria, with their spectacular distinctive sails. Feluccas is an Arabic word of Greek origin and refers to this particular type of traditional wooden boat used in the protected waters of Egypt, Sudan, the Red Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.

This original oil on canvas painting depicts a scene off the coast of Alexandria, off northern Africa. In the foreground there is deep blue ocean, with tiny choppy waves. Sailing towards the viewer are half a dozen traditional wooden boats called Feluccas, with one particularly magnificent example in the foreground. Its huge white sails are fully open, billowing in the breeze, creating dramatic crossed lines across the expansive brilliant blue sky. Inside the boats we can glimpse a handful of sailors, clad in white. On the shoreline behind there are the pink, stone and sandy coloured buildings of Alexandria, built in the Ottoman Empire, with their flat roofs, domes and minarets. The overall scene is fresh and uplifting, dramatic and exotic.