'Camels Grazing', Orientalist oil painting by Lefevre

By Lefevre, Charles (French, 19th century)

£120,000

This beautiful, tranquil scene of camels relaxing in a landscape was painted by the distinguished 19th Century French painter, Charles Lefevre.

 

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Description

This large painting depicts a landscape, with a pool of water in the left foreground, and sandy bank on the right, leading away into the distance. On the bank, a group of camels lounge, one standing and the rest lying down.

There is a cluster of tall trees on the left-hand side of the canvas. The trees gradually diminish in scale as they move closer to the vanishing point on the composition's horizon line. The trees help to convey depth, and give an impression of the vastness of the natural landscape. In the distance, the blue outlines of mountains, engulfed in the clouds, are just visible. The painting also brilliantly moves from a dark foreground to a much lighter distance, again conveying perspective.

The scene has been masterfully painted using short, well-blended strokes of muted, earthy colour. This has enabled the artist to paint in a highly naturalistic style. The bark on the trees, and the trunks' reflections in the water, for instance, have been rendered with great accuracy and in remarkable detail.

The painting is signed and dated 'ch. Lefevre / Florence / 1861' to the lower-left corner of the canvas, and is housed in a gilded frame, which complements the earthy tones of the composition.

Provenance-+

Mathaf Gallery, London

Details

Artist / Maker
By Lefevre, Charles (French, 19th century)
Country of Origin
Italian
Date of Manufacture
1861
Period
19th Century
Style
Animal / Animalier, Landscape, Orientalist
Material
Giltwood, Oil on Canvas
Colour
Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Purple

Dimensions

Height
128 cm / 50.4 inches
Width
195.5 cm / 76.8 inches
Depth
6 cm / 2.4 inches

Reference:
15906

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