Saturday, July 2, 2011

Travel Painting

Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849-1903), A Shepherd on a Hillside, Tetuan, 60.3 x 88.5 cm

Painting as a record of travel experiences was a popular genre of the 18th and 19th centuries. Colour photography has greatly reduced the desire for painted records; however, many artists find their work is reinvigorated by travel; and the sketchbooks they bring home may be a valuable resource for paintings.

Edwin Lord Weeks was an American, explorer and painter who specialised in Orientalist scenes encountered on his many travels.
A figure in local attire adds greatly to the evocation of place.