Watercolor on paper quality portrait of an old Arab man against a neutral background, painted in somber colors, the watercolor measuring 17" by 12 3/4" (26" by 21 1/2" in early quality frame), signed at lower right by the well listed American artist ARTHUR E. SCHNEIDER (1866-1942). This work, likely dating to the 1890's or early years of the new century, is obviously the work of a talented hand. The features of the face are carefully modeled and the handling of the dim light superb. Schneider was known for his genre, paintings of villages, streets, cities, rural landscapes, children, and Arabs. I have seen a work of tigers (suggesting more Orientalist work). The artist is known to have traveled and painted in Morocco; I am not certain if he traveled in other parts of the Islamic world. I have also seen images of landscapes with birds (he was an avid hunter), and even a New York street scene in the snow that resembles greatly the work of Guy Wiggins. There seems to be little biographical information. The artist was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and apparently was a traveler, spending time in Cleveland, Chicago, Tampa and Boston, as well as New York. He was in New York from 1905 through 1913, twice winning prizes at the Salmagundi Club. This painting is in excellent condition. The popularity currently of Orientalism should enhance its collector appeal. Reflections in glass made photography a challenge, accounting for the steep angles.
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