Thursday, May 7, 2015

Frederick Arthur Bridgman - ARAB WOMEN ON A ROOFTOP, ALGIERS BEYOND

Frederick Arthur Bridgman
1847 - 1928
AMERICAN
ARAB WOMEN ON A ROOFTOP, ALGIERS BEYOND
signed F. A. Bridgman (lower center)
oil on canvas
17 7/8 by 30 3/4 inches
45.4 by 78.1 cm

Frederick Arthur Bridgman as born in Tuskagee, Alabama, the son of an itinerant physician—Frederick Arthur Bridgman would become a dedicated art student, a passionate traveler and, finally, America’s preeminent Orientalist painter.  In 1867, Bridgman entered the studio of noted academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme, and was deeply influenced by his draftsmanship, smooth finishes, and interest in Middle Eastern themes.  Though indebted to Gérôme, by the 1880s Bridgman’s work. like Women on a Rooftop, Algiers Beyond showed a greater naturalistic aesthetic, emphasizing bright colors and a masterful use of light. Unifying Bridgman’s prolific production was the inspiration gleaned during his travels to North Africa, which began with his first trip to Egypt and Algeria in 1872. More