Edwin Lord Weeks (Boston 1849 - Paris 1903)

Study of a Standing Man Sold

Oil on canvas.
Signed and dedicated To my cousin Sophie / E. L. Weeks at the lower left.
339 x 234 mm. (13 4/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

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The present oil sketch is a study for the prominent figure in the foreground of Week’s large canvas Powder Play: City of Morocco, Outside the Walls, painted in Paris around 1880-18823, after the artist’s return from several years in Morocco. The painting depicts a scene outside the walls of a Moroccan city, possibly the ancient capital of Marrakech, with the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the distance. A contingent of mounted troops parades before the Sultan, sitting on horseback under a red canopy, while in the foreground a smaller group of mounted warriors show off their marksmanship.

As Ellen Morris notes of the painting, ‘The result of the composition is a painting of panoramic impact and a rare example of Weeks’ deftness in painting broad landscapes…[The] generally subdued palette of the work is offset by the finely-drafted and brightly-colored foreground figures, and some judiciously-placed color accents in the spectators and the line of mounted troops. The painting exhibits a strong sense of naturalism in both its composition and the superb modelling of the figures.’

Provenance:
A gift from the artist to his cousin Sophie, according to the artist’s inscription at the lower left
Private collection, Rhode Island.

Literature:
To be included in the forthcoming Edwin Weeks catalogue raisonné in preparation by Dr. Ellen Morris.

Edwin Lord WEEKS

Study of a Standing Man

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