An Encampment in the Atlas Mountains

Eugène Fromentin (French, 1820-1876)ca. 1865

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Prosper Dorbec in "L'Hellénisme d'Eugène Fromentin," in the "Gazette des Beaux-Arts," 5th per. 9 (1924): 30-31, singled out Fromentin as a classicist among Orientalists. For the painter-writer, according to Dorbec, the desert and the ramparts of Aïn Mahdy became the plains of Ilium. In this spacious view, characteristic of the artist's production in the mid-sixties, the bold silhouettes of the horsemen, their generalized treatment and the essentially static composition reaffirm the classical character of Fromentin's painting.

Shown are a group of Arabs examining a horse being displayed for sale. A rather similar composition, "Horse Market in Algeria," 1867, appeared on the New York art market in 1913. Related studies include a view similar to the group of would-be purchasers in this scene, "Five Standing Arabs," 1874, The William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, 76.36.1; a smaller subject sold in the Verdé-Delisle Collection, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, May 29, 1879, no. 35; and a three-figured composition sold at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 12, 1943, no. 26.


  • Title: An Encampment in the Atlas Mountains
  • Creator: Eugène Fromentin (French, 1820-1876)
  • Date Created: ca. 1865
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Eugène Fromentin (French, 1820-1876)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore, between 1878 and 1884, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] At lowr left: Eug. Fromentin
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011., A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004., Orientalism: The Near East in French Painting 1800-1880. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; Neuberger Museum, Purchase. 1982., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Dimensions: H: 41 5/16 x W: 56 7/16 in. (105 x 143.3 cm); Framed H with build-up: 59 1/8 x W: 75 3/16 x D: 7 15/16 in. (150.18 x 190.98 x 20.16 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, between 1878 and 1884
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.195

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