We are actively seeking to acquire works by Edwin Lord Weeks.
"Orientalism partakes both of cultural imperialism and a genuine fascination with distant cultures and a new aesthetic experience. The guiding principle that underlies [orientalism] is its characteristic as a 'reportage' of distant topography, architectural setting, local practice, custom and costume. "
Originally from Boston, Edwin Lord Weeks was the principal American exponent of Orientalism. A student of Jean Leon Gerome and Leon Bonnat, Weeks traveled more extensively than most of his French peers, exploring Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Syria as well as India and large parts of Asia Minor. He gained his greatest acclaim in France where the appetite for Orientalist paintings was strong, since finding acceptance in the 1830s. Weeks extended his fame by writing for travel magazines such as Harpers, illustrating these articles with his own sketches and drawings.
In 1985 he wrote an illustrated a book of travels, From the Black Sea through Persia and India, and two years later he published Episodes of Mountaineering. He was a member of the Legion d’Honneur, France, an officer of the Order of St. Michael, Germany, and a member of the Secession, Munich. He died in 1903.