Carl Wuttke (1849-1927) studied two years at the art academy in Berlin and one year with Angelo II. Quaglio in Munich, until he finally learned from 1877 with Eugen Dücker in Düsseldorf. Wuttke's life is characterized by a great deal of traveling: In 1874 he went to Italy on foot and toured the country including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. This was followed by trips to Andalusia, Norway, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, the Sinai and in 1893 the USA. He settled down in Munich, from where, among other things, he made pictures for Kaiser Wilhelm II. Berlin City Palace. At the end of the 19th century, Wuttke undertook a trip around the world to the Far East, that is to China and Japan.
In the morning mood near Thebes, the whole landscape is bathed in a reddish morning light: From a boat, the view falls over the water surface of the Nile to the fertile banks and the sandy mountains. On the water you can see the typical Egyptian boats that drive long water aisles into the river. Apparently Wuttke explored Egypt by boat in the years before 1893 when he was touring North Africa. On the back is the handwritten name "Morning mood on the Nile near Luxor with the area of Thebes". Wuttke was therefore in the ancient Egyptian royal metropolis, which is particularly known for its temples. Because of the spontaneous and fleeting style of painting, Wuttke's painting is also counted as part of the “pre-impressionist style”.