Gustave Achille Guillamet (French 1840-1887)
DESCRIPTION: Beautiful oriental landscape scene depicting traditional men escaping the heat under the shade of an ancient ruin. Features a superb scenic mountainous landscape with a city and boats sailing in the ocean in the background. In original gilt wood frame marked: “G. Guillamet”
CIRCA:Mid to Late 19th ct.
DIMENSIONS: Including frame: H:Approximately 45″ L:Approximately 65″
During this time, between the mid to late 19th century, Orientalism amongst french painters pervaded throughout. Neo-coloniasm was often painted through rose lenses but Gustave on the other hand, portrayed the rasping life of an arid, poor, but yet beautiful landscape.
After failing to win the Prix de Rome, a scholarship to study at the Academy of France in Rome, Guillaumet did as most young men would have done and travelled. He travelled across the Mediterranean and North Africa. He contracted malaria, he was made a Knight of the Legion on Honour, the highest decoration in France, and exhibited all over France, captivating the West through his scenes of the Near East.
This piece was acquired by a prestigious antique collector in Miami, Florida.
This piece is now available for bids on the following bidding platforms: liveauctioneers.com, invaluable.com, thesaleroom.com and for absentee and telephone bidding, akibaantiques.com for our August 16th sale at 3:00 pm ET.