Sheikh Saleh Scherif, spearhead for the liberation of Tunisia and Algeria from the French yoke

Orlik, Scheich Saleh Scherif, in Bilder vom Tage 3(1915).jpg

Description

The sketch shows the profile of Salih al-Sharif al-Tunisi, a religious Tunisian-Algerian scholar and propagandist with the Ottoman Teşkilât-ı Mahsusa.

Context

Emil Orlík (1870-1932) was a Bohemian painter, graphic artist, and artisan. He studied in Prague and Munich and worked in various European countries. In 1906, he became a professor at an art school in Berlin (Staatliche Lehranstalt des Berliner Kunstgewerbemuseums). His work includes portraits of Gustav Mahler, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein, and Rainer Maria Rilke. During the war, he produced drawings and lithographs from the trenches. In 1917 and 1918, he worked as an illustrator at the conference in Brest-Litovsk. His drawings were frequently published by the press.