Arabs Resting by a Marble Fountain, Adolf Schreyer
Adolf Schreyer
Arabs Resting by a Marble Fountain
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Adolf Schreyer

Arabs Resting by a Marble Fountain, 1856


Dimensions
62.0 x 122.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1380
Acquisition
Acquired in 1905 as bequest from Johann Georg Cronhardt
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

This barren countryside is shown in the blazing light of noon, with the riders seeking refreshment and coolness by a well. Life in the desert is free from constraints. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed and the team spirit between man and beast is close. This was how nineteenth-century Europeans imagined the Orient. Schreyer achieved great success with the general public through his specialisation in genre motifs depicting the lives of horses and riders from the East. The artist, who was influenced by the French Romantic painters like Delacroix and Eugène Fromentin, undertook several journeys to Asia Minor and North Africa. Thereafter he lived in Paris and Kronenberg from the 1870s onwards.

About the Donation

It was the executor who notified the administration that the gentleman of private means Johann Georg Cronhardt (d. 1904) had bequeathed them this painting. Cronhardt had inherited the work from Georg Seufferheld (1813–1874), whose will in 1874 had also revealed that a noteworthy oeuvre of Dutch Baroque painting should be left to the Städel: Aert van der Neer’s wonderful painting of the night.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Arabs Resting by a Marble Fountain
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Ad Schreyer 56

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1905 as bequest from Johann Georg Cronhardt

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 32B32(ARABS)(+51) Africans (ARABS) (+ men)
  • 31BB162 siesta - BB - out of doors
  • 31BB19 resting - BB - out of doors
  • 46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman
  • 44E14 utilitarian, public pump or water fountain
Secondary

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31.01.2019