Horace Vernet

Head of an Arab

Head of an Arab
(click image to zoom-in)
Author: Horace Vernet
Painting, Oil on canvas, 55.5x43 cm
Origin: France, circa 1819

This is either a preparatory study for Vernet's now lost painting Ismail and Mariam or an enlarged copy of the central figure. The subject is derived from Voyage dans le Levant by the comte de Forbin , which tells of the tragic love of the young Arab Ismail for the Christian girl Mariam. After Mariam's death, Ismail is forced to leave the place where she is buried, but comes to the grave and opens it in order to look on his beloved one last time. Suddenly a sandstorm blows up and buries Ismail alongside the girl. The theme of fateful passion, the dynamic contrasts of light and shade, the effective contrast of the dusky face and the white turban, and the artist's interest in depicting feelings and emotions give this work much in common with the work of the Romantic artists.

Source of entry: State Museum Fund, 1923
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

Site map

Albums Authors Countries Sources Epoches Exibitions Genres
Personages Schools Styles Techniques Themes Types Workshops

Image Use Policy

Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.

Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.

We make no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and do not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and make no warranties as to the quality of the images.

We shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold us harmless from all liability arising from such use.

We do not sell art prints, framed posters or reproductions. Ads are shown only to compensate the hosting expenses.