The Orientalist Movement in art, early to mid-1800s, seduced artists you'll recognize like Eugene Delacroix, John Singer Sargent, and others you may not, such as Jean-Leon Gerome, Charles Gleyre, Philippe Pavy, etc., etc.. The art movement followed along on the expansion of the French Empire via Napoleon, and was wildly popular through about c.1850. Perhaps the most famous artist in his own time, French Classicist, Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891), is the subject of a wonderful book about the Impressionists, "The Judgement of Paris" by Ross King. If you haven't read it yet, you're sure to enjoy it. The work you see here, signed by R. Wilson is not by 18th century artist Richard Wilson, but is a later work in the Orientalist period and movement. Our oil painting here is larger than most from this "small painting" genre, and is beautifully framed in its 19th century original frame.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. The oil painting is done on board, so no holes, tears, restorations. The artist's signature, "R. Wilson" appears and is shown in our photos for your review. The overall measurement is 19" x 15" and frame is 1.25" deep. A beautiful composition and palette, reminiscent of the Napoleonic Empire's fixation with all things exotic, foreign. Frame is very old, has small imperfections consistent with age. No major losses. Fabulous example of a wildly popular style of aesthetic that was all but obliterated by the emergence of the Impressionists, mid-1800s. Any Napoleon-appreciative decor will benefit from a few paintings like this one.
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