Adolf Schreyer is one of the most widely acclaimed German painters of Orientalist-themed works, a movement that was extremely popular throughout Europe in the 19th Century. Schreyer is celebrated for his distinctive style, which combined realism of composition with the broader brushstrokes of the emerging Impressionist style.
This fine and large oil painting is a wonderful example of the technical excellence and stylistic mastery of Schreyer’s oeuvre, and depicts an Arabian troop of cavalrymen in an arid landscape at the edge of a waterhole. The horsemen all wear traditional headscarves and colourful textiles. The group are depicted carrying long, slender bayonets, with the composition focusing on the two front-most figures, one of whom who holds a flag, whilst the other holds his weapon.
The painting is signed to the lower left corner ‘Ad. Schreyer’. It is set in a heavy giltwood frame which features a plaque to the lower centre reading ‘Arabian Horsemen / Adolf Schreyer / 1828-1899’. The reverse of the canvas also bears a Parisian retailer’s label.
Canvas: height 59cm, width 96cm
Frame: height 95.5cm, width 132cm, depth 13cm