Friday, June 29, 2012

Edwin Lord Weeks, ctd

Penultimate set of paintings by Weeks.

Powder Play, City of Morocco, outside the Walls (1880-82)

 Royal Elephant at the Gateway to the Jami Masjid, Mathura (ca. 1895)

 Royal Procession Before the Jumna Masjid

 Scene at Sale, Morocco (1879)

 Sketch - Two Nautch Girls
[what are nautch girls? find out here]
 Street Scene in India (1889)

 Study for Interior of La Torre des Infantas, 
Illustrating the Legend of the Three Moorish Princesses

 The Arms Merchant

The Barge of the Maharaja of Benares (1883)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Edwin Lord Weeks, ctd

 Horsemen before the Mosque at Lahore

 Indian Horsemen at the Gateway of Alah-ou-din, Old Delhi

 Interior of the Mosque at Cordova

 Man Leading a Camel

 Market Square in Front of the Sacristy and Doorway of the Cathedral, Granada

 Muttra (1888)

 On the River, Benares

 Open Market, Morocco (1882)

Outside an Indian Dye House

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Edwin Lord Weeks, ctd

A second set of paintings by Weeks.

 Craftsman Selling Cases by a Teak-Wood Building, Ahmedabad (ca. 1885)

 Desert Prayer (1881)

 Elephants at the Palace of Jodhpur

 Feeding the Sacred Pigeons, Jaipur (1894)

 Fording a Stream

 Gate of Shehal, Morocco (1880)

 Gate of the Fortress at Agra, India

 Girl in a Moorish Courtyard (1880)

 Hindu Merchants

Horse Market, Persian Stables, Bombay

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Edwin Lord Weeks

Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903) was an American artist specializing in Orientalist painting. He was one of the few such painters to focus on India.

 A Court in The Alhambra in the Time of the Moors (1876)

 A Marketplace in Isfahan (1887)

 A Persian Cafe

 A Street Market Scene, India (1887)

 A Wedding Procession before a Palace in Rajasthan
[Rajasthan is a state in northwestern India]
 Along the Nile

 Along the Ghats, Mathura (1883)
[what is a ghat? find out here]

 Arrival of the Rajah at the Palace of Amber

 By the Well (1880)

Camels beside a Cistern (1880-81)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Orientalia, ctd

More 19th century American paintings with Oriental subjects.

 Robert Frederick Blum: Flower Market, Tokyo (1892)

 Robert Frederick Blum: The Ameya (1893)

 Theodore Wores: A Lesson in Flower Arrangement

 Theodore Wores: Homoko, Japan (1896)

 Theodore Wores: Lotus Pond, Shiba, Tokyo (ca. 1886)

 Theodore Wores: New Year's Day in San Francisco's Chinatown (1881)

Theodore Wores: Spring's Inspiration (ca. 1887)

Theodore Wores: The Shrine in Spring

Friday, June 22, 2012


In the latter half of the 19th century, some American artists became interested in depicting life in Asia, then relatively unknown to most Americans. Most of these paintings played up the exotic aspects of Asian life.

Harry Humphrey Moore: Geisha Playing a Samisen
 Harry Humphrey Moore: Glimpse into the Pleasure Quarters, Yoshiwara (1887)

 John La Farge: Colossal Statue of Ananda, near the Ruined City of Pollanarua, Ceylon (1891)
[Ananda was one of the Buddha's principal disciples] [Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka]

 John La Farge: Avenue to the Temple of Iyeyasu, Nikko, Mid-Day Study (1886)

 John La Farge: Kwannon Meditating on Human Life (1886)
[Kwannon is the embodiment of compassion in Buddhism]

 John La Farge: Statue of Oya-Jizo at Kamanga-Fuchi, Nikko (1886)

John La Farge: The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden (1887)