More travelers. More artists. More painters. More exposed away from Córdoba Córdoba. And again Massachussetts crosses our path. Today we bring a brief sketch of a really prolific painter, authentic prototype of the curious American travelers of the nineteenth century: Edwin Lord Weeks (Boston, Massachusetts, 1849 – Paris, France, 1903)
Weeks was born near Boston and was educated in the city of Boston and Newton, Although he spent much of his adult life outside the United States. His artistic career began in 1869 with a drawing on a trip to North Florida. Later, drew other landscapes from Surinam and other enclaves in South America. Thus began his adventurous spirit. De regreso Massachusetts, spent a short time painting landscapes and taking photographs of Boston.
But Boston was too small for his restless spirit. Find Boston, taking destination Paris, where he studied with Leon Bonnat, Jean-Leon Gerome and at the School of Fine Arts. Weeks, like Gerome, became interested in the oriental themed, as a student traveling to North Africa, Spain and the Middle East. It was his first contact with your oriental dream.
In 1872, regreso of Massachusetts, married her cousin, Frances Rollins Hale, setting up a painting studio. After less than one year, Young couple joined Robert Gavin, a Scottish painter, on a trip to Morocco and the Mediterranean. The rest of the decade 1870 passed outside his native Boston, Boston only returning occasionally to exhibit their work.
During the early 1880 his painting became more technical and detailed, as can be seen in The Door in Agra Fort. Paris was his base of operations during this decade, coming to exhibit his paintings on India in the Hall 1884, where he received a positive acknowledgment, achieved national fame. It continued to produce new expeditions to Persia, Turkey and India throughout the decade.
Besides being a painter, photographer and illustrator, Weeks was also a writer. Between 1893 and 1895 illustrated accounts of his many travels in magazines (as Harpers Scribners), articles were later collected in book form under the title The Black Sea through Persia and India (1896).
After the early 1890 not much is known about the pictorial aspect of Weeks, except Three Beggars of Cordova (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) , seems to demonstrate a return to his pictorial style of the 70. He gained wide recognition in his international career and belonged to several organizations, including the Boston Art Club and the Paris Society of American Painters. He died in November 1903.
Attention, question: Where in one could locate Three beggars of Cordova?