Oil on Canvas
31¾ x 25¼ Inches
Stamped, Lower Right, with the Cachet de Vente
for the Artist's Posthumous Studio Sale
Displayed in a Giltwood Gesso Louis XVI style Frame
Framed Dimensions: 39¾ x 2½ x 33¾ Inches
Eugene Fromentin first studied with the historical landscape painter, Charles-Joseph Remond, who won the Prix de Rome in 1821. He subsequently studied with Louis Cabat, director of the French Academy in Rome, who first exposed him to the ideas and techniques of the Barbizon School. In 1844, impressed by an exhibition of the Orientalist landscapes of Prosper Marilhat, Fromentin made his first trip to Algeria where he painted numerous studies of the landscape and inhabitants, thus establishing himself as one of the most prominent of the second generation of French Orientalists. For many years, the people and culture of Algeria continued to provide themes for his work.
Fromentin's first public success was with the landscape, 'By the Gorges de la Chiffa', which he exhibited at the Salon of 1847. The artist's many subsequently exhibited works at the Salon included:
• La Place de la Brèche à Constantine (1849)
• Enterrement Maure (1853)
• Audience chez un chalife (1859)
• Bivouac arabe (1863)
• Chasse au faucon (1863)
• 'Chasse au héron (1865)
• Voleurs de nuit (1867)
• Halte de muletiers (1869)
• Le Nil (1875)
• Un souvenir d'Esneh (1875)
In addition to a successful artistic career, Fromentin was also the award-winning author of numerous works on travel, art theory and art history, including 'The Old Masters of Belgium', 'Holland, Dominique' and 'A Summer in the Sahara'. In 'The Old Masters of Belgium and Holland', he explored the complexity of Rubens and Rembrandt's paintings with informed speculation about the artists' emotions during the process of their artistic creation.
Eugène Fromentin's works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Louvre (Paris), the Rath Museum (Geneva) and the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) among many others. The artist is listed in all relevant art biographical dictionaries, including Benezit which also shows an image of the Cachet de Vente seal that authenticates this painting provenance from the posthumous sale of the artist's estate.
This painting is accompanied by the 1936, Art Deco edition of Fromentin's work, 'A Summer in the Sahara'.
E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Jacques Busse, 1999 Nouvelle Édition, Gründ 1911, Vol. 5, p. 742-744; Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis Gegenwart, Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 1992, Vol. 12, p. 523; Mallett’s Index of Artists, Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, Peter Smith: New York 1948 Edition, R.R. Bowker Company 1935, p. 148; James Thompson: Eugene Fromentin, painter and writer, these de doctorat, Unversite de Caroline du Nord, 1985; J. Thompson et B. Wright: La vie et l'oeuvre d'Eugene Fromentin, A.C.R. Edit., Paris, 1987; et al.