1828 - 1899
TWO RECLINING ARABS AND TWO TETHERED HORSES
signed Ad. Schreyer (lower right)
oil on canvas
32 by 50 3/4 in.
81.3 by 128.9 cm
Schreyer’s loose, bold brush and warm palette of earthy tones effectively creates a feeling of place enhanced by his own experience on the field. Trained as a painter in Germany and France in the Academic tradition, later mentored by Eugène Fromentin, in 1855 the artist enlisted as a field agent, painting with the regiments of Austrian Prince von Thurn und Taxis during the Crimean War (1853/4-1856). Later travel to Syria, Egypt, and Algeria further informed his painting and afforded him the reputation of a “complete” Orientalist painter, indeed he went so far as to learn Arab dialects and rode with Bedouin horseman. More