EUGÈNE GIRARDET | A BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT
EUGÈNE GIRARDET | A BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT
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EUGÈNE GIRARDET | A BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

EUGÈNE GIRARDET | A BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:25,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

EUGÈNE GIRARDET

French

1853 - 1907

A BEDOUIN ENCAMPMENT


signed Eugene Girardet lower right

oil on canvas

67 by 88cm., 26 by 34.5in.

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Mathaf Gallery, London

Purchased from the above 

Literature

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, pp 154-55, catalogued & illustrated

Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes, Peintres Voyageurs, vol. 1, Paris, 2001, p. 208, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Eugène Girardet shared Eugène Fromentin's and Gustave Guillaumet's love for Algeria, which he very much celebrated in his luminous canvases where the Saharian landscape serves as a backdrop to pastoral scenes of Arab nomadic life.  


Girardet hailed from an artistic Swiss Huguenot family, and even before his teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme encouraged him to visit North Africa he had long been inspired to visit North Africa, his uncles Karl and Edouard, who journeyed to and painted Egypt as well as his father Paul, who engraved episodes of the colonial war in Algeria, inspired him to travel to the region. In 1874, Girardet embarked for Morocco, then travelled to Tunisia and Algeria, for which he developed a particular fondness. 


In Algeria, Girardet spent most time in El Kantara and Bou-Saâda, in the foothills of the Saharan Atlas, painting simple everyday scenes like the present one: herds of goats in the dust, prayers in the desert, laundresses in the wadi, and people going about their business among the red stone walls of the villages. In Bou-Saâda Girardet met fellow Orientalist painter Etienne Dinet with whom, back in Paris in 1877, Girardet and thirteen other artists formed the Société des peintres orientalistes français.

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