- Alberto Pasini
A ferry on the Nile
- signed and dated A Pasini 1861 lower left
- oil on canvas
- 39 by 65cm., 15½ by 25½in.
Galleria Fogliato, Turin
Purchased from the above by the father of the present owner circa 1965
Turin, Galleria d'Arte della Gazzetta del Popolo, Mostra Commemorativa di A. Pasini e G.B. Quadrone, 1949, no. 20 (illustrated in the exh. cat.; as Tramonto sul Bosforo)
Vittoria Botteri Cardoso, Pasini, Genoa, 1991, p. 260, no. 250, illustrated (as Traghetto sul Nilo)
Pasini's initial training was in Parma but he later moved to Paris to study under Eugène Ciceri and Eugène Isabey. In Paris he learned how to incorporate elements of light and colour in his art. It was Théodore Chasseriau though who introduced Pasini to the Orient by arranging for him to accompany a French legislation to Persia in 1855. There he spent a year painting the people, local customs and landscape. Fascinated with the Orient he later travelled to Egypt in 1860, which provided the inspiration for the present work, Constantinople between 1867 and 1869, and to Asia Minor and Syria in 1873.