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Lot 51: George Henry Hall (1825-1913)
IMPORTANT AMERICAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE
December 5, 2002
New York, NY, USA
Description: In a Rug Bazaar, Cairo signed and dated 'Geo. Henry Hall 1877 '8'' (lower left) oil on canvas 471/2 x 343/4 in. (120.7 x 88.3 cm.) PROVENANCE Herbert Roman, Inc., New York. Sotheby's, New York, 31 January 1984, lot 489. EXHIBITION New York, National Academy of Design, 1878, no. 458 NOTES Like many late nineteenth century American painters, George Henry Hall explored romantic themes in his works by seeking exotic subject matter abroad. In 1875 Hall spent the year travelling in Palestine and Egypt, where he sketched and painted celebrated sites and picturesque cities of the ancient Near East. In a Rug Bazaar, Cairo reveals the artist's mastery of detail and his fascination with the forms, colors and textures of Cairo's market quarter. Hall's attention to detail was the result of the training that he received in Dsseldorf in 1849 as well as his interest in accurate depiction of his subjects. In a Rug Bazaar, Cairo evokes the romanticism and exoticism sought by both European and American orientalist painters.