Hermann David Saloman Corrodi entered the Academia di San Lucia in Rome, where he studied under his father, the celebrated Swiss landscape painter Saloman Corrodi (1810 – 1892). Like his father, Corrodi gained international acclaim, receiving commissions for history paintings from the British and Austro-Hungarian royal families.
Corrodi’s travels throughout Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East would provide him with his best-loved subjects. They would, however, also include dramatic desert landscapes, emotive Nile views – often depicting ancient monuments at sunset – and bustling market scenes. Most of these works were painted in Corrodi’s Rome studio, later they were produced as etchings (Corrodi was also an accomplished printmaker).
At the beginning of the 1880’s Corrodi embarked on a trip to Egypt, Syria and Constantinople (modern Istanbul), bringing back a wealth of picturesque souvenirs, as well as a portfolio of sketches. Sadly, many of these were destroyed in a studio fire in 1892, limiting Corrodi’s output. One of Corrodi’s most celebrated works, A storm in the Desert, Egypt, exhibited at London’s Royal Academy in 1881, gives a tantalizing glimpse of what extraordinary compositions might have been.
Among Corrodi’s most beloved paintings are his skillfully composed Nile views. In these the ancient monuments are illuminated by the shimmering, transient colours of the Egyptian sunset.
Our picture, Mosque on the Nile is a very good example of Corrodi’s work, beautifully depicting the wonderful colour schemes for which his work is so well known. This particular subject must have been a favorite of the artist’s as a nearly identical version is in the collection of the Dahesh museum of Art. It is noted that there are three excellent examples of Corrodi’s work in the Shafik Gabr Collection from 1993 to 2012.
After Corrodi’s visits to Egypt he often-inscribed Roma after his signature, which indicates many of his Egyptian paintings were painted in his Studio in Roma – Italy.