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An Arab Sheik

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Description In 1868-69, Bonnat accompanied Jean-Léon Gérôme on a tour of Egypt and the Holy Land. During the trip, he made a number of sketches, which he used as the basis for paintings after he returned to Paris. Bonnat was an influential teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and included among his pupils Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Thomas Eakins. A bearded Arab in a crimson caftan and a striped beige burnoose is seated on a carpet holding a sword in one hand and resting his elbow on a divan. Behind him is a saddle.
Date Description Narrative
12/02/1962Treatmentlined; other; varnish removed or reduced
4/25/1963Treatmentcoated; inpainted; other
1/13/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/01/1992Examinationexamined for condition
7/14/1996Loan Considerationexamined for loan
11/26/1997Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • The Master Artist. 1967-1968.
  • Orientalism: The Near East in French Painting 1800-1880. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; Neuberger Museum, Purchase. 1982.
  • Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. 1997-1998.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Mary J. Morgan [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mrs. Mary J. Morgan Collection Sale, New York, March 3-8, 1886, no. 152; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1886, by purchase [Lucas's letter to Walters dated 12/12/84 claims purchase date was 1885]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] At lower left: Ln Bonnat; [Number] On old labels removed from the stretcher when canvas was relined in 1963: 17.679, 13.366
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1886

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ca. 1870
oil on canvas
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H: 25 9/16 x W: 28 9/16 in. (65 x 72.5 cm); Framed H: 37 x W: 42 x D: 4 in. (94 x 106.7 x 10.2 cm)

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