The Algerian Motif

Alexandre Gabriel Decamps

Alexandre Gabriel Decamps - The Algerian Motif
Decamps had always strived to break with the Neo-Classicist tradition in his paintings and prints. Launching his career in the field of landscape and still-life, he set off to Little Asia in 1827 to become one of the discoverers of the orient for European painting even five years before Delacroix. Decamps the ''Oriental painter'', enjoying overal praise and respect , came to be one of the best in amploying colour contrasts and in the treatment of colours and shade in his landscapes, cityscapes and, especially, palace interiors, as is also proved by his painting The Algerian Motif, which dates to the 1840s. Decamps, however, was also the author of paintings with realistic genre subjects, numerous lithographs, and caricatures.
measurements: height 37 cm
width 45 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 5143
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism
licence: copyrighted work

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