Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (French, Paris 1803–1860 Fontainebleau)
Black and white chalk, charcoal, traces of graphite on light brown paper; some stumping
Sheet: 11 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (29.5 x 47cm)
Gift of Spencer Samuels, in memory of Mitchell Samuels, 1991
Not on view
Decamps—a prosperous painter, draftsman, and printmaker—was one of the first major European artists to travel extensively in the Near East. As he toured throughout North Africa and Asia Minor in 1828, he developed an interest in Orientalist themes. In this drawing, he used chalks and charcoal to draw two bold studies of the same seated Arab man with a pipe. The figures’ stillness and variation in scale encourage the viewer to imagine the artist’s voyage and his experience as he approaches or distances himself from the weary man.
Spencer A. Samuels; Donor: Spencer A. Samuels
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 11, 2000–December 4, 2000.
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Exposition de dessins anciens.. Galerie de Bayser, Paris, Paris, 1984, cat. no. 16, ill.
"Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1991 - June 30, 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 122, New York, 1992, p. 29.