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Gustave Boulanger

The Prayer

Gustave Boulanger

Gustave Boulanger

The Prayer

The Prayer

Gustave Boulanger

French

1824 - 1888

The Prayer


signed and dated G. Boulanger 1871. lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 33 by 25cm., 13 by 9¾in.

Framed: 59 by 51cm., 23¼ by 20in.

The canvas has not been lined. There are five patch repairs visible to the reverse - two above the stretcher in the upper right corner and three small ones to the lower centre. The largest measures approximately 4.5cm by 2cm. There is craquelure visible and cracking to the upper and central stretcher bars. There is a thick layer of varnish. Examination under ultraviolet light reveals some infilling to the craquelure notably to the central figure. It also reveals some spots of retouching - notably to the extreme framing edges and to the aforementioned patch repairs - which correspond with spots on the left column and lower centre. An opaque layer of varnish obscures further reading.


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Many Orientalist artists were preoccupied with the subject of Muslim Prayer, not least Gustave Boulanger’s comrade and fellow student Jean-Léon Gérôme but also Ludwig Deutsch and Frederick Arthur Bridgman. Gérôme’s notable depiction of indoor worship painted also in 1871, is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled Public Prayer in the Mosque of Amr. In the present work Boulanger has portrayed the central standing figure performing the initial invocation to God, or takhbir. He is joined by two figures - one bows to the ground in Sujud while the other prays the Tashahhud. Other orientalist artists similarly tended to depict worshippers in a variety of different positions within the same painting, rather than showing the figures in a unified, synchronised movement.