Arabian Archive

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Adolf Schreyer had some fascination towards the Arab landscape and culture. Maybe that was inspired by his Egyptian voyage in his life-time. He might have learned and understood the local culture very well as we conceive a very realistic and convincing depiction of Arabian horsemen on their march. The leader of the march with sturdy attitudes and red flag seems the signs of something intense is going on or is about to happen. They could have been returning from a triumph or are marching to acquire one. Both ways, it tells a portion of a story. Comrades following at the back are less with gun which more seems like small spear or sticks. The two followers are looking in the same direction might be suspecting […]

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Please don’t misinterpret the artist’s name with the spectacular historical figure George Washington. The artist here, Georges Washington is totally different personality from the first president of the United States of America. The shot being fired from the rifle hints an encounter on the go when this particular Arab soldier is trying to kill his undefined enemy. We are being kept in dark about the rivals to make us concentrate on the particular soldier’s pose and his horse’s quick movements in efforts to save itself from the probable harm. We can also assume that the numerous gun-shots being fired around might made the horse restive. Painted with the long-lasting oil, the advantages of the medium can be seen as we enjoy the more depth of […]

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  Albert Zimmerman’s adequacy comes up shining in his landscape portrayals in which his mastery on colors (with including slightest variants of them) and choice of scenery really stands out. Here, as the title suggests, the painting portrays an Arabian caravan leaving the city perceived in the far background. They have come a long way in the vast plain but still the huge flat ground allows us to see the city. Thus, we understand the first impression as the journey has just begun. The depicted environment and land with mixture of high mountains and flat grounds represents the Arabian geography which the depicted one is from the greener areas of the country as the Arabian countries mostly contains deserts in majority of their land-space. There […]

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In his time, painter of the “Portrait of an Arab”, Horace Vernet didn’t need an introduction, as he worked for the contemporary King Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III of France. Though, he is still remembered with an honor in art-communities. In early 19th century, he was renowned for his great artworks like Dog of the Regiment, Death of Poniatowski and Battle of Montmirail. His fields of interests varied only between portraits, Arabians and battles. And he didn’t want to paint in the traditional ways. He had grown a particular disinclination with traditional idealized ways of paintings. He wanted to draw things with more general touch and feel, instead of giving his subjects an idealized pose; he created his paintings with more vernacular manner. Thus, the viewer […]

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