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Algerian Water Carrier

after 1874 William Sartain Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1843 Died: New York, New York 1924 oil on canvas 22 x 15 in. (55.9 x 38.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1911.5.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 10B


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William Sartain lived in Algiers for several months in 1874. He immersed himself in Arab culture, eating the food, studying the language, exploring the countryside, and even wearing native clothing. His sketches of the countryside, architecture, and local people became the basis for many images he painted later in America. This piece shows an alleyway with a man carrying a jug of water and a large bowl. The painting is typical of Sartain’s work, which showed intimate scenes of everyday life rather than dramatic monuments or panoramas.

Keywords

Cityscape - Algeria

Ethnic - Algerian

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

Occupation - domestic - water carrier

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William Sartain

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1843 Died: New York, New York 1924

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