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Edwin Lord Weeks
American (1849-1903)

The Bazaar at Oudeypore, circa 1893
Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches
Signed with estate stamp E. Weeks lower right
Stenciled by the Estate and numbered 224 on the reverse
Original Frame

Provenance

Estate of the Artist
A.I. Smith, 1905

Exhibited

New York, American Art Galleries, The Works of the Late Edwin Lord Weeks, 11-17 March 1905, as At the Shoemaker’s, no. 224

description

Born in Boston, Edwin Lord Weeks was a restless young artist with a fascination for foreign travel when he moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts with the Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Unlike his mentor’s famous didactic narratives, Weeks’ scenes of far-off lands, for which he won international acclaim, suggested the immediacy and reality of reportage documenting his travels to India and North Africa.

In The Bazaar at Oudeypore, a city to which Weeks devoted a chapter in his book, From the Black Sea Through Persia and India (1896), the artist conjures up a colorful tableau of exotic people, local custom, traditional dress and intricate architecture. Here, Weeks has combined the novelty of his subject with the freshness of observation and gestural brilliance of his brush to create an indelible image of what the artist termed a “symphony in white.”

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