Description Prosper Dorbec in "L'Hellénisme d'Eugène Fromentin," in the "Gazette des Beaux-Arts," 5th per. 9 (1924): 30-31, singled out Fromentin as a classicist among Orientalists. For the painter-writer, according to Dorbec, the desert and the ramparts of Aïn Mahdy became the plains of Ilium. In this spacious view, characteristic of the artist's production in the mid-sixties, the bold silhouettes of the horsemen, their generalized treatment and the essentially static composition reaffirm the classical character of Fromentin's painting. Shown are a group of Arabs examining a horse being displayed for sale. A rather similar composition, "Horse Market in Algeria," 1867, appeared on the New York art market in 1913. Related studies include a view similar to the group of would-be purchasers in this scene, "Five Standing Arabs," 1874, The William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, 76.36.1; a smaller subject sold in the Verdé-Delisle Collection, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, May 29, 1879, no. 35; and a three-figured composition sold at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 12, 1943, no. 26.
|2/08/1968||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated|
|5/09/2008||Examination||examined for loan|
- Orientalism: The Near East in French Painting 1800-1880. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; Neuberger Museum, Purchase. 1982.
- Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
- A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
- 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Purchased by Goupil & Cie (from the artist), Paris, June 28 1882 ; purchased by Schoen à Worms, August 3 1882. Purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, before 1884; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest, Walters Art Museum, 1931.  See Goupil & Cie Stockbook 10, Stock No. 16211, Page 222, Row 13.
Inscriptions [Signature] At lowr left: Eug. Fromentin
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, between 1878 and 1884
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