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RABES, MAX FRIEDRICH

Samter 1868–1944 Vienna

Max Rabes learned the basics of painting from the architectural and decorative painter Paul Graebes (1842–1892). Even at a young age, the German-born artist was drawn to faraway places. On study trips he visited distant continents such as Asia and Africa, where he discovered his love for these places. Commissions for the theatre, murals and decorative work for the dining rooms of the Italian upper middle classes financed his passion for travel. However, Rabes became known above all for his depictions of the Middle East and Africa, which made him the main exponent of Orientalist painting in Berlin and attracted attention and recognition early on. Rabes deviated from his pre-impressionist style in some of his compositions and produced atmospheric, mystical landscapes that suggest symbolist traits and are redolent of the oeuvre of his Swiss artist colleague Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901).


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