Description This may be a study for a lost painting or an illustration known only as a grisaille (a monochrome) titled "Arabs at Prayer," which shows a group of men, seen from behind, in the interior of a mosque. This lost work is reproduced on page 305 of Gerald A. Ackerman's annotated reissued version of the drawings course that Bargue put together with fellow French academic painter, Jean-Léon Gérôme. This became the leading resource for teaching drawing in the second half of the 19th century. "Arab Kneeling in Prayer" was one of four drawings purchased in June 1883 from Goupil by George Lucas, William T. Walters' primary dealer in Paris. Walters' interest in images of prayer dated back to the early 1860s, when he filled two entire albums with such works.
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- The Orientalists. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
- Charles Bargue: The Art of Drawing. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. 2003-2004.
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance Goupil, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1883, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions "C. Bargue" in black ink, lower right
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883
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