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Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ
THE HAREM'S GATE, SOUVENIR OF CAIRO
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Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ
1842-1923
THE HAREM'S GATE, SOUVENIR OF CAIRO
oil on canvas ; signed and dated lower left LECOMTE DU NOUY 1876
75 x 130,5 cm ; 29 1/2 x 51 3/8 in.
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來源

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris ;
Collection of M. le vicomte Daupias, Lisbon ;
His sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 1892, lot 143 ;
Sale, London, 3 November 1977, lot 59 ;
Purchased at the above by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent

展覽

Paris, Salon, 1877, n°1267 ;
London, Royal Academy of Arts ; Washington, National Gallery of Art, The Orientalists : Delacroix to Kandinsky. The Allure of North Africa and the Middle East, 1984, cat. 86 ;
New York, Dahesh Museum of Art, From Homer to the Harem : the Art of Jean Lecomte Du Nouÿ, 2004, fig. 101 (illustration of a detail of the painting p. 58, and illustrated in full p. 105, fig. 101;
Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung, Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité, L'orientalisme en Europe, De Delacroix à Matisse, October 2010 - August 2011, illustrated p. 297 in the exhibition catalogue

出版

Ernest Boysse, article in La Patrie, 1876 ;
L. E. Duranty, "Réflexions d'un bourgeois sur le Salon" in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Paris, July 1877, pp. 79-80 ;
Henry Houssaye, "Le Salon de 1877 - II" in La Revue des Deux Mondes, Paris, 15 June 1877, p. 844 ;
Guy de Montgailhard, Lecomte du Noüy, Paris, 1906, p. 53 and p. 121 (as belonging to M. le vicomte Daupias) ;
Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes peintres voyageurs, Paris, 1983, illustrated pp. 188-189 ;
Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore, Popular 19th Century paintings, a dictionary of European genre painting, Woodbridge 1986, illustrated in color p.57;
Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art, Cambridge, 1989, IV-2, pp. 174-176, fig. 129

相關資料

Jean-Jules Antoine Lecomte du Noüy studied with Charles Gleyre, and then with Emile Signol, before entering Jean-Léon Gérôme's studio who would influence him throughout his career. Already, at the age of thirty, Lecomte de Noüy had met with considerable success. At the end of his studies, his passion for antiquity grew, and he travelled to the East (visiting Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Anatolia), bringing back with him very precise archeological documentation that he continually used for his works throughout his career. He also travelled to Algeria in 1883. From his studies and sketches made throughout his travels, Lecomte du Noüy painted his large works presented at the Salon (cf. Elizabeth Cazenave, Les artistes de l'Algérie, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs 1830-1962, p.300).

Lecomte du Noüy drew from this documentation for all the details and the accessories. At the Salon in 1877, he exhibited this painting, one of his most ambitious and accomplished works. Remarkable for both its complex composition and richness of detail, the artist combined a technical perfection reminiscent of Ingres with a photographic realism worthy of Gérôme, based on his wealth of documentation, to which he continually referred. The painting depicts the entrance of a harem at dawn: the sun is rising and, with it, the guards. The calm light of morning floods the composition: the birds fly gently towards the sky on the left, whilst one of the guards lights his first cigarette. The jaguar, on a step in the background, is on the watch: its green eyes and pink muzzle contrast with his black fur.

In 1876, Ernest Boysse (op. cit.) describes the painting as the following: "This painting, which touches upon one of the mysterious sides of oriental life, is a very remarkable work through its treatment of colour in general, which has both charm and harmony, and through the strangely ranked types of robust characters, [...] to whom the master entrusts the guard of his wives without concern". Duranty, in 1877 (op.cit.), notes that "the model is very precise, the colour is matt, firm, the scene very strange, the arrangement of taste and skill; the deep shade veils well, without obscuring them, the blue and green earthenware which play richly in tone with the rug, under the oblique rays of the rising day, whilst the sunlight haloes the distant buildings whose foundations are highlighted by the grey dawn."

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