Galerie Brame & Lorenceau, Paris ; Galerie Gaubert, Paris
James Thompson and Barbara Wright, Eugène Fromentin, 1820-1876: visions d'Algérie et d'Egypte, Paris, 2008, p. 165, illustrated
Fromentin traveled three times to Algeria (in 1846, 1847-48 and 1852-53). These trips deeply influenced Fromentin. The painting presented here is characteristic of the style of his orientalist works painted in the 1850s, when he painted a certain number of interior scenes. In the present painting, Fromentin worked thoroughly on the three players, placed at the center of the composition, with their gazes focused on the checkerboard. The artist also depicted the details of the architecture with minute care, such as the tiles above the columns.
- painting was relined
A few thin restorations and tears along the frame
a small restoration shaped as a cross in the background
Two long and thin vertical restorations, one from the beard of the figure seated on the left, going down over his foot; the second one from the sleeve of the man seated in the center, going down to the green pants of the man seated on the left.
A third small and thin vertical restoration in the sleeve of the man seated in the center.
overall good condition.
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