|EDWIN LORD WEEKS (American, 1849-1903) Start for the Hunt at Gwalior 34 1/4 x 52 1/4in (86.9 x 132.7cm)|
Born in Boston, Weeks undertook periodic expeditions through North Africa, Persia, and particularly India to procure the subject matter for his exotic paintings, returning intermittently to his Paris studio to execute formal compositions, usually larger than his in situ works done during his travels. Weeks exhibited regularly at the annual Paris Salons, and soon distinguished himself as a leading Orientalist painter of his generation, eventually achieving the highest distinctions within the academic art world of fin-de siècle Paris, including the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. Also featured in the sale is The Favorite by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928), another highly-acclaimed Orientalist painter. The work, dated 1882, is estimated at U.S. $250,000 – 300,000. Bridgman's popularity was at its peak during the 1880's when this painting was executed during a trip to Algiers. With access to a widow's home – highly unusual because Westerners were not typically allowed into women's quarters – he observed the daily life of the locals with an easel and brush in hand. The Favorite features the artist's famous signatures such as the jewel-like rendering of the fabrics, the smooth and careful finish — all homage to his master, French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. This significant work by Bridgman has a strong exhibition history, including a decade-long loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
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