THREE pencil signed etchings, all of orientalist subject matter including possible temples, mosques and bazaars, all unframed, by the Dutch artist MARIUS BAUER (1867-1932). Bauer was born in The Hague and died in Amsterdam but in his lifetime strayed far from the confines of the Netherlands, visiting the Middle East, India, Russia, North Africa and the Dutch East Indies. A precocious talent, he received art training at an early age. By age 21 he had already visited Istanbul in Turkey, an experience that proved to be life-changing. He "fell under the spell of the Orient", as one online writer stated. For the rest of his life, Bauer traveled to exotic locales, sketching and photographing and even buying photographs of these places. Later, he worked up fine paintings, prints and drawings from this rich material. Today Bauer's fine paintings can sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auctions. His prints remain affordable, but they provide insight into his great talent. Many of the smaller ones can be dated to the late 1880's; later on he created larger prints. The present examples came from one Orange County estate of a prominent Dutch expatriate family. These are all unframed. The measurements inside the mats: 9 1/4" by 11 1/2", 4 1/2" by 7", 7 1/8" by 5". All are signed at in pencil at lower right with Bauer's monogram, the smaller ones have his initials in the plate, the largest "M BAUER" in the plate; and each is numbered at lower left---the large scene with figures "No. 16"; the colonial building (India?) with two towers, "No. 59"; and the vertical mosque entrance "No. 32". The prints are all significantly browned/oxidized. I imagine a paper restorer could lighten them up considerably. Other than the browning they are in sound condition. See the net for much more on the artist. .
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