‘Caravan in the Desert’ oil-on-panel Orientalist painting by Lazerges

By Lazerges, Paul Jean Baptiste (French, 1845-1902)


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‘Caravan in the Desert’ is a mesmerizing oil-on-panel Orientalist masterpiece by the esteemed Paul Jean Baptiste Lazerges (French, 1845-1902). This evocative scene captures a caravan of camels weaving its path through the expansive Middle Eastern desert.

The foreground anchors the composition with two heavily laden camels, their burdens wrapped securely in fabric, guided by male figures in white hooded robes. Lazerges' meticulous artistry is evident in the detailed portrayal of these central figures, achieved through delicate, precise brushstrokes.

In a brilliant play of depth, the background showcases an endless procession of camels, seemingly stretching to the horizon. These distant camels, portrayed with more abstract brushstrokes, add a sense of vastness to the composition, emphasizing the caravan's immense scale.

The landscape itself is a testament to Lazerges' masterful technique. The ground's rocky and sandy textures, rendered in subtle desert hues, evoke the unique allure of the Middle Eastern terrain. Paired with a soft blue sky, the colour palette gently suggests the break of dawn, bathing the scene in the fresh light of morning.

Complementing the artwork, the painting resides in a splendidly carved giltwood frame, generously adorned with acanthus leaf motifs, further elevating its aesthetic grandeur.

Paul Jean Baptiste Lazerges' legacy in the Orientalist genre of painting is profound. His works resonate with a genuine appreciation and fascination for Eastern cultures, reflecting not only the picturesque landscapes but also capturing the spirit and essence of the life he portrayed. This painting stands as a testament to Lazerges' prowess and his esteemed position in the annals of Orientalist art.

Panel: Height 33cm, width 41cm
Frame: Height 62cm, width 70cm, depth 10cm


Artist / Maker
By Lazerges, Paul Jean Baptiste (French, 1845-1902)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Giltwood, Oil on Panel


62 cm / 24.4 inches
70 cm / 27.6 inches
10 cm / 3.9 inches


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