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Edwin Lord Weeks

  1849        1903
   •   Orientalism   •   Wikipedia: Edwin Lord Weeks
47 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #1387
One of the most famous American painters of his time was the adventurer and ethnographer Edwin Lord Weeks.

Dazzling textures, the skilful play with the light and an amazing architectural flair characterize his style, which is generally described as Orientalism. Colorful Weeks composed scenes that reflect his travel impressions.

From the 1870s to the 1890s, the Boston-born, scion of wealthy spice and tea traders traveled all over Spain, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Persia and India.
A recurring subject of his paintings is the oriental market square with its craftsmen, the colorful life in the streets, the elaborately decorated camels and the local architecture.

Typical, well-known works are "Muttra", "The old blue-tiled mosque outside of Delhi, India", but also the "Carpet Bazaar" from 1878. The reference to the craftsmanship of the Moroccan weavers in the motif of the "Carpet Bazaar" is now considered Counterpoint to the gathering industrialization and mechanization of textile production in Europe. Modern art history reads Week's large format paintings as multi-faceted commentaries on Asia's contemporary geopolitical transformation.
Weeks studied with Jean Leon Gerome in Paris and visited India several times early. Gérôme taught him a "photographic" technique and aroused his interest in the Spanish Orientalists. Weeks inspired their glittering, strong colors. He moved his studio from America to Paris because he could travel to India from there more easily.

He described himself as a colorist. "It's bright, clear sunlight that I want to portray," Edwin Lord Weeks summed up his artistic intentions.
Even if he broke away from the academic tradition as an artist, Weeks remained in lifelong contact with the Paris École des Beaux-Arts and was a member of the Munich Secession. © Meisterdrucke


The Rajah"s Favourite, 1884-89
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The Rajah"s Favourite, 1884-89
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A Fakir's Funeral, India
1892 | engraving

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A Fakir's Funeral, India
1892 | engraving

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A Fete Day at Bekanir-Beloochist...
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The Metalsmith"s Shop
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