Oriental street scene with a weapon sell,er on the foreground was executed by good listed French painter Charles Zacharie Landelle (1821, Laval-1908 in Chennevières-sur-Marne). 1825 the family moved to Paris after his father, a Kaliograph and musician, had found a place there as a musician in the Tuileries. Ary Scheffer encouraged him to paint, and Charles was a student of Paul Delaroche at the École des Beaux-Arts on October 2, 1837. He had his exhibition debut in 1841 with self-portraits and religious and historical paintings, which in their weichlichen, sensitive conception reminded him of his discoverer Ary Scheffer.He now also painted religious images for the Parisian churches of St. Roch (1850), St. Germain Auxerrois (1856) and St. Sulpice (1875).
Landelle also regarded as a representative of Orientalism. After he had travelled from 1865 to the Middle East and North Africa, he developed a speciality in the representation of individual figures, but which were more characterized by sentimentality than by ethnographic truth. He travelled to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt and drove with the Egyptologist Auguste Mariette to Nile. Of the images of this kind are particularly: the Armenian from the Caucasus and the Almeh of Cairo and the fellah girl , the latter also in Germany by the engraving of R. Stang, became popular. He has also performed numerous decorative paintings, allegories and portraits, and his painting is smooth and without energy.
Literature: in French: E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers", Paris, 1999; in German:Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Kuenstlerlexikon". Leipzig, 1999; ADEC register; different web sites in on-line including Wikipedia.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on mahagony wood, luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 9 3/8" x h 12 3/4" (23,7 x 32,3 cm); framed w 18 1/2" x h 21 7/8" (47 x 55,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.