Lot 11
  • 11

Frederick Arthur Bridgman

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Frederick Arthur Bridgman
  • Idle Moments
  • signed and dated F. A. Bridgman 1875 lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 76 by 63cm., 30 by 24¾in.


Andy Warhol (his sale: Sotheby's, New York, 29 April 1988, lot 2823; Warhol kept his eclectic collection, which included paintings by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, William Bouguereau, and Henri Fantin-Latour, private and out of the public eye. It was dispersed by Sotheby's in a series of sales held in New York from 23 April to 3 May 1988)
Private collection, New York (purchased at the above sale)

Catalogue Note

Evoking a luxurious North African interior, the present work is distinguished by its rigorous, academic style of execution typical of Bridgman's earlier works. The influence of his teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme is strongly in evidence, in contrast to the more impressionistic technique he would adopt from the 1880s on.

Born in Alabama, Bridgman arrived in Paris from America in 1866, and entered Gérôme's studio at the École des Beaux-Arts the following year. Under Gérôme’s tutelage, he developed his pictorial skills and became increasingly interested in Orientalist scenes. His first trips to Algeria and Egypt in 1872 provided a lasting inspiration for his artistic production.