Artist biography

Rodolphe d'Erlanger 1872-1932

Franco-British painter and authority on Arab art and music. Born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, son of the banker Baron Frédéric Emile d'Erlanger. Studied at the Académie Julian in Paris under Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury. Painted landscapes, portraits, figures and street scenes in Paris, Deauville, Italy, England, Egypt and, above all, Tunisia; chiefly known as a painter of North African subjects. Took British nationality in 1894. Settled c.1905 at Sidi-bou-Said in Tunisia and devoted over thirty years to researches into Arab music; author of a monumental study in six volumes L'Histoire de la Musique Arabe. Also collected Arab books and manuscripts. Exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, the Royal Academy, etc.; retrospective exhibition at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, in 1929. Died in Tunis.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.202-3