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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Arnaute and Dogs



Arnaute and Dogs/Arnaute et Chiens
Signed J.L. GEROME
Oil on canvas
13 x 10 inches (33 x 25.4 cm.)
Location as of 2007 ?
French Orientalist

This typical orientalist work from the high period of Gérôme’s career (widely regarded as the two decades after 1860) depicts one of the colorful irregulars of the Ottoman army, Albanian warriors known as arnauts or “bashi-bazouks,” probably in a Cairene setting. As in Arnauts of Cairo of 1861 (exhibited in Eastern Encounters at The Fine Art Society, London, 1978 no. 32), the stone gate provides a resting place for the man and his dogs, exhausted in the heat, perhaps after a mounted hunting expedition.
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