Wednesday, March 23, 2011

John Frederick Lewis - The Street and Mosque of the Ghoreeyah, Cairo

Watercolour and oil on paper, 29 3/4 x 40 1/2 inches. Forbes Magazine Collection

Visions of the harem
Of all the British artists who went east in the 19th century, for Ahdaf Soueif, only John Frederick Lewis looked beyond colonial stereotypes to capture its true spirit. Cairo gave him the colours, light and architecture to become a great painter.
includes gallery

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