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.)


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.’

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

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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