Karl Weschke

The Nile near Kom Ombo


Karl Weschke 1925–2005
Oil paint and charcoal on canvas
Support: 1425 × 1775 × 25 mm
frame: 1481 × 1838 × 46 mm
Purchased 1994

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Weschke went to Egypt, on an organised tour, in 1990 and again in 1992. His work already showed his fascination with the notion of immensity, and the powerful effect on him of the ancient sites was inevitable. He travelled south from Cairo to Aswan, by way of Giza and the Valley of Kings at Luxor. Kom Ombo is on the eastern bank of the Nile north of Aswan. While awed by the antiquity of such things as the unfinished obelisk near Aswan, the artist was also powerfully affected by the landscape. Here, the spare painting style emphasises the vastness of the desert that towers over the figures and camels on the riverbank.

Gallery label, August 2004

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