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The Arab Jeweler

Artist:
Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914)
Date:
ca. 1882
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
46 x 35 3/8 in. (116.8 x 89.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1922
Accession Number:
22.69
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 766
Boston-born Charles Sprague Pearce belonged to the generation of American artists who increasingly settled in France in the post-Civil War years. Like that of his celebrated Parisian teacher, Leon Bonnat, Pearce explored a range of subjects throughout his successful expatriate career. A four-month excursion along the Nile in the early 1870s led to a particular interest in "exotic," or Orientalist themes, such as this ambitious portrayal of a native craftsman.
Signature: Charles Sprague Pearce / Paris
Private Collection, New York, by 1883; Edward Dean Adams, New York, until 1922
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