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1852-1909

Greek Academic Classicism Painter

Theodore Jacques Ralli (also known as Theodoros Scaramanga Rallis) (Constantinople, 16 February 1852 - Lausanne, 2 October 1909) was a Greek painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, who spent most of his working life in Paris, France and in Egypt.

He was a painter of genre works, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, interiors with figures and animals. But he is best known for his orientalist paintings.

He was sent to Paris under the patronage of King Otto of Greece and studied under Jean-Leon Gerome, French painter and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and under Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy, both known for their orientalist paintings.

Ralli then traveled widely in North Africa and the Middle East, settling for a while in Cairo, Egypt. Here he found his inspiration for the romantic mysticism and suggestive sensuality of his many orientalistic paintings. His other genre paintings were often nostalgic recollections of the life and customs of his Greek homeland, which he portrayed with a delicate and moving reverence. His paintings were elaborated with great attention to detail, with great attention to costumes and facial expressions. The varying light sources in his paintings such as rays of light, candles, or the glowing ambers in the fireplace are rendered in soft colours.

His first exhibition was at the Salon in 1875. From 1879 he regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

He was a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais, where he received an honourable mention in 1885, and a silver medal in 1889 for his whole work

He exhibited his paintings in Athens at the Olympic Games of 1896.

He also served as a member of the competition jury in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle.In 1901 he became a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.

After his death he was slowly almost forgotten. It is telling that his name is not even included in the Grove Dictionary of Art. Most of his paintings are still in private collections. Only a few museums ever purchased his works. A few of his paintings were auctioned in the 20th century, but only obtained modest prices. However lately, his paintings have been rediscovered and are being auctioned at prices that are a tenfold of some years ago, fetching prices from 30,000 to 100,000 euros. On 14 November 2007 a study for the painting "Refectory in a Greek Monastery (Mount Athos)" was auctioned at 200,000 euros at Sotheby's in London. But in January 2008, the actual painting "Refectory in a Greek Monastery (Mount Athos)" (1885) was auctioned at the absolute record price of 670,000 euros to a Greek collector at an auction in Ghent, Belgium.

10 Theodore Jacques Ralli Paintings

Roses' Preserves In Megara, b.1892 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Roses' Preserves In Megara b.1892

Oil Painting
$789
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8454
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 65 x 100 cm
Private Collection

The Kiss, 1887 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

The Kiss 1887

Oil Painting
$477
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8455
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 24.2 x 33 cm
Private Collection

Turkish Woman Smoking (In the Courtyard), 1887 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Turkish Woman Smoking (In the Courtyard) 1887

Oil Painting
$565
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8456
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 46.5 x 38.5 cm
Private Collection

The Laundress, undated by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

The Laundress undated

Oil Painting
$595
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8457
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 35 x 27.5 cm
Private Collection

Turkish Woman, undated by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Turkish Woman undated

Oil Painting
$474
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8458
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 22 x 16 cm
Private Collection

Refectory in a Greek Monastery (Mount Athos), 1885 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Refectory in a Greek Monastery (Mount Athos) 1885

Oil Painting
$622
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8459
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 29.2 x 40.5 cm
Private Collection

The Captive (Turkish Plunder), 1885 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

The Captive (Turkish Plunder) 1885

Oil Painting
$759
Canvas Print
$55.92
SKU: RTJ-8460
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 60 x 81.5 cm
Private Collection

Marionettes in the Harem, 1881 by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Marionettes in the Harem 1881

Oil Painting
$860
SKU: RTJ-8461
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 80 x 65 cm
Private Collection

Resting in a Greek Monastery, undated by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

Resting in a Greek Monastery undated

Oil Painting
$618
Canvas Print
$51.22
SKU: RTJ-8462
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 38 x 56 cm
Private Collection

A Moment's Rest, undated by Theodore Jacques Ralli | Painting Reproduction

A Moment's Rest undated

Oil Painting
$565
Canvas Print
$50.24
SKU: RTJ-8463
Theodore Jacques Ralli
Original Size: 26.7 x 35 cm
Private Collection

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