RALLI Théodore Jacques


Oil on canvas: 24.2 x 33 cm / 9.5 x 13 ins
Signed and dated '87' upper left

Painter of genre scenes, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, animals and animated interiors; watercolourist and draughtsman.

Theodoros Rallis (Théodore Jacques Ralli) was born in Istanbul as the son of Greek parents.

Ralli was a pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Lecomte du Noüy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He travelled widely in the Middle East and North Africa, finding many sources of inspiration.

He exhibited for the first time in 1875 at the Paris Salon, and subsequently at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he was a member. He received an honourable mention in 1885 and a silver medal in 1889 and served as a member of the jury for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1879 on. He was made a Chevalier in the Légion d’Honneur in 1901.

Istanbul 1852 - Lausanne 1909
Greek School

Athens - Paris - Sydney

E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 11, p. 633.