Early 19th Century Oil Painting Orientalist School Portrait The Fallen Soldier
- 1 Fine Early 19th Century Work of Art Orientalist School Portrait "The Fallen Soldier After Battle"
- Subject portrait of a fallen soldier after an intense battle with 2 harem women who are looking over him as he lays on the floor, his hat is laying next to him on the floor. Further back his horse is standing upright in side profile facing left waiting looking concerned, wearing a beautiful decorative saddle. To the right you can view part of an ancient marble temple building. In the distant background to the left you can see clouds of dust from running horses and other warrior figures with grey sky overhead.
- Oil on canvas.
- An exceptional artwork.
- Set in a later ornate gilt frame.
- Circa early 19th century.
- Provenence purchased from a fine antique art auction.
- Such an impressive imposing scene to the eye.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of Orientalist art.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
- The Orient-including present day Turkey, Greece, the Middle East and North Africa-exerted its allure on the Western artist’s imagination centuries prior to the turn of the 19th century. Figures in Middle Eastern Dress appear in Renaissance and Baroque works by such artists as Bellini, Veronese and Rembrandt though most Europeans had minimal contact, usually through trade and military campaigns.
- In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt and occupied the country until 1801. The European presence attracted Western travelers to the Near and Middle East and in 1809, the French government published the first installment of the twenty-four volume Description de l’Égypte.
- This was the most influential of many works that aimed to document the culture of this region and it had a profound effect on French architecture and decorative arts.
- Some of the first 19th century Orientalist paintings were intended as propaganda in support of French imperialism depicting the East as a place of backwardness, lawlessness, or barbarism enlightened and tamed by French rule.
- Over time, however, visions became much less tumultuous and much more beguiling.
- The most enduring imagery, and the most influential in shipping Western aesthetics, depict harems. Since the artists were most likely denied entrance to the authentic seraglios by African guards, the male painters relied largely on hearsay and imagination, populating opulently decorated interiors with luxuriant odalisques, female slaves or concubines (many with Western features), reclining in the nude or in Oriental dress.
- One of the masters of the genre, Jean Dominque Ingres (1780-1867) never traveled to the East but used the harem to conjure the female ideal in his voluptuous odalisques. Beyond the implicit eroticism, harem scenes, and Orientalism in particular, evoked a sense of cultivated beauty, exoticism and pampered isolation to which many Westerners aspired.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Front painting surface has various signs of craquelure, scuffs & some paint loss in places. Various foxing to the back of the canvas. Set in a later gilt frame which has general wear and in good overll order commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres of the frame approximate
Depth thickness of frame (3cm)