Thursday, June 16, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, George Elmer Browne's The Slave Market, with footnotes, #93

George Elmer Browne (American, 1871-1946)
The Slave Market
Oil on panel
35 in. x 36 in.
Private collection

Two nude figures draw the eye of both the depicted crowd and the viewer, as they stand in sharp contrast to their surroundings and hint at influences of classical sculpture. The dramatic sky owes perhaps to the work of John Constable with a strong impression of three-dimensional volume and tonal hues. Combining the suggestion of details with broad swaths of color was a particular skill of Browne, and one on ample display in this masterful market scene. More on this painting

George Elmer Browne (1871–1946) was an American artist known in France and Massachusetts.

Browne was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He studied in Boston at the Cowles Art School and the Museum of Fine Arts before completing his education under Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury in Paris. He founded the West End School of Art at his summer home in Provincetown in 1916 at the tip of Cape Cod far away from his studio in New York. The group was influenced by the impressionists and was among five schools in the town. Browne was very well regarded in France and became a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Browne has work in Provincetown Museum. In 1919, Browne was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1928. More on George Elmer Browne




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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

02 Paintings by Orientalist Artists, Jean-Léon Gérôme's Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert, with footnotes, #95

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904)
Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert, c. 1857
Oil on canvas
64 x 109.8 cm
Private collection

The present works represents a scene common in Egypt during the nineteenth century, when young men from the villages were conscripted into the army of the Khalif, a process which dated back to the first attempt by Mohammed Ali Pasha, to build up a regular army in 1824. As seen in the paintings, the recruits trudge across the desert, escorted by the Arnaut guard, and challenge the heat and wind making their journey long and painful. Characteristic of Gérôme's most acclaimed orientalist paintings, this intense realism prompted the French critic Théophile Gautier to note that Gérôme succeeded in capturing the peculiar qualities of light and heat unique to the Egyptian desert. He further remarked that, contrary to the current fashion for representing hot countries as torrid and highly coloured, Gérôme had observed that extreme light drains all colours from objects and renders the sky and land white. More on this work

Jean-Léon Gérôme, (1824–1904)
The Egyptian recruting officer, c. 1861
Oil on panel 
11 x 16 in. (28 x 40.5 cm.) 
Private collection 

Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painter, he was also a teacher with a long list of students. More on Jean-Léon Gérôme




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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz's Between two oaseswith footnotes, #92

Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz
Between two oases
Oil on canvas55 x 100 cm.
Private collection

Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz (April 3, 1860 – January 5, 1916), known as Ulpiano Checa, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, poster designer and illustrator. He used both impressionistic and academic techniques, and mainly painted historical subjects.

He was born in Colmenar de Oreja, Spain, and exhibited a talent for art when he was a young child. At thirteen, he met Don José Ballesterwho was impressed with his work and decided to bring Checa and his family to the capital to begin his art studies.

In 1873, he entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, followed by study at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome [es], where he would paint Invasion of the Barbarians (since lost in a fire) which won the gold medal at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1887. More on Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz





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Thursday, May 12, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, Giulio Rosati's Conversation, with footnotes, #91

Giulio Rosati, (Italian, 1858-1917)
The conversation
Pencil and watercolour on paper
14 5/8 x 21 1/8 in. (37 x 54 cm.)
Private collection

Giulio Rosati, 1858 - Rome - 1917,  specialised in eighteenth century costume pieces, comical scenes of from the life of the clergy and Orientalist subjects. His preferred medium was watercolour, though he also worked in oils.

Rosati studied at the Academy of Rome. He was the pupil of several eminent artists, in particular the poet and architect Francesco Podesti (1800-1895) and Dario Querci (born 1831), a portrait and history painter from Messina. He also studied with Luis Alvarez y Catala (1836-1901), director of the Prado Museum, Madrid.

Rosati was one of a large group of Italian Orientalist painters working in Rome at the end of the nineteenth century. These artists emulated Mariano Fortuny y Marsal in his skilful rendering of detail and bright colouring. This manner was particularly popular with American and British collectors, many of whom purchased these images as a memento of their travels in the Near East, a voyage very much in vogue at the end of the last century. 

Guilio Rosati had a son Alberto who also became an artist. His manner is very much indebted to his father, but he was not so prolific. More Giulio Rosati





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Monday, March 21, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, José Gallegos y Arnosa's Personajes Arabes, with footnotes, #89

José Gallegos y Arnosa (1857-1917)
Personajes Arabes/ Arab Characters
Watercolour
35 x 32 cm
Private collection

José Gallegos Arnosa was born in Jerez de la Frontera on 3 May 1857. He was from a modest family and first studied at the school run by the Santo Domingo Academy of Fine Arts The patronage of Guillermo Garvey, the winery owner for whom his father worked, enabled him to go and live in Madrid at the age of sixteen and to enroll at the San Fernando Academy.

Years later, in the catalogs of his first National Exhibitions, he stated that his master had been Federico de Madrazo, who made him study “thoroughly” the works of Murillo, Velázquez and other accomplished artists.

In 1878, having been established in Madrid for five years, he left a testament to his learning in Arab Marriage (“Arab Wedding”), a work considerably important to be acquired by the state in 1882. Another work, En el haén (“ In the Harem ”), attests to the prestige he enjoyed in Jerez, as it was exhibited at the local academy.

Gallegos moved to Rome in 1880 and made the Italian capital his permanent residence except perhaps for a short stay in Tangiers. He spent his final period in Anzio, very close to Rome, where he came into contact with the colony of Spanish artists who had espoused the précieux aesthetic. He made his credit in the Eternal City with a large painting entitled War Booty in which he continued with the Orientalist themes. More on José Gallegos Arnosa





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Saturday, March 19, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, Antonio Fabrés's The Sultan's Gift, with footnotes, 87

Antonio Fabrés, (1854–1936)
The Sultan's Gift, Around 1885-1886
Oil on wood
Height: 290 mm (11.41 ″); Width: 415 mm (16.33 ″)
Private collection

Antoni Maria Fabrés i Costa (Spanish: Antonio Maria Fabrés y Costa; 1854–1938), also known as Antoni Fabrés, was a famous Catalan sculptor and painter during the turn of the 20th century.

It is said that he inherited his artistic skills, as his father was a draughtsman and his uncle a silversmith. He started studying at the Escola de la Llotja in his native city at the age of 13. When he turned 21, he received a grant to study in Rome. There are records of his sculptures from early in his career but later on he became a painter almost exclusively. He joined Marià Fortuny with a group that became known for their intense realism. Their popularity grew with the taste of the bourgeoisie seeking exotic images with oriental or medieval themes. In 1894 he moved to Paris. The popularity he had earned during his decade in Italy helped him open a large studio where he could create complex scenes for the upper classes.

Antoni Fabrés was called to take the place of Santiago Rebull as head of the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City. The faculty had a hard time adapting to his distinct style and personality. In 1907, he returned to Rome. 

Fabrés was acclaimed in Barcelona, London, Paris, Vienna and Lyon. At the end of his life he was dealt a very unfortunate blow when in 1926 he decided to donate a large number of works to the Museu de Belles Arts de Barcelona. In exchange for this generous donation he asked the Museum that a hall be built with his name, but the museum never built that hall and although he protested several times, they could never settle the argument. Antoni Fabrés died in Rome in 1938. More on Antonio Fabrés




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Thursday, March 17, 2022

01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, Giulio Rosati's Bedouins preparing a raiding party, with footnotes, #86

Giulio Rosati, (Italian, 1858-1917)
Bedouins preparing a raiding party, c. 1895
Watercolour on paper
29¾ x 21 in. (75.5 x 54 cm.)
Private collection

Giulio Rosati, 1858 - Rome - 1917,  specialised in eighteenth century costume pieces, comical scenes of from the life of the clergy and Orientalist subjects. His preferred medium was watercolour, though he also worked in oils.

Rosati studied at the Academy of Rome. He was the pupil of several eminent artists, in particular the poet and architect Francesco Podesti (1800-1895) and Dario Querci (born 1831), a portrait and history painter from Messina. He also studied with Luis Alvarez y Catala (1836-1901), director of the Prado Museum, Madrid.

Rosati was one of a large group of Italian Orientalist painters working in Rome at the end of the nineteenth century. These artists emulated Mariano Fortuny y Marsal in his skilful rendering of detail and bright colouring. This manner was particularly popular with American and British collectors, many of whom purchased these images as a memento of their travels in the Near East, a voyage very much in vogue at the end of the last century. 

Guilio Rosati had a son Alberto who also became an artist. His manner is very much indebted to his father, but he was not so prolific. More Giulio Rosati




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