Emilio Sánchez Perrier
- Emilio Sánchez Perrier
- Environs de Tanger
- signed E. Sanchez Perrier, dated 87 and inscribed Tanger (lower left)
- oil on canvas laid down on board
- 39 5/8 by 25 7/8 in.
- 100.6 by 65.7 cm
Knoedler & Co., New York, no. 5951 (acquired from the above, November 1887)
J.J. Gillespie & Co., Pittsburgh (acquired from the above, May 1891)
Acquired from the above through the Prendergast Bequest, 1891
Katherine E. Manthorne, The Mirror Up to Nature: A Catalogue of 19th and 20th Century Paintings in the Collection of The James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1982, p. 45 (as Near Tangiers)
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After Delacroix visited Algiers and Tangiers in 1832, Northern Africa became a destination for artists. Sánchez Perrier’s fellow countryman, Marià Fortuny y Marsal, was in Morocco by the mid-1860s, and Rudolph Ernst, Edwin Lord Weeks and John Singer Sargent were all painting in Tangiers by the 1880s. By the time the present work was painted in 1887, Sánchez Perrier was well established as an artist in Paris, and that he would travel to Northern Africa after his time in these ateliers is not surprising, and the lure of Morocco was strong.
While the exact location of this work is not recorded or known, the topography and vegetation are related to paintings of the Rivière des Juifs, an area to the northwest of the Ancient Medina, which Sánchez Perrier also painted during this 1887 trip. The proximity of this rural area to the bustle of the ancient city was clearly a draw to many; in fact, the American artist Willard Leroy Metcalf painted the same river in 1887, attesting to the popularity of such idyllic yet intriguingly foreign landscapes.