Arabs Crossing a Ford

Eugène Fromentin (French, La Rochelle 1820–1876 Saint-Maurice)

Oil on wood
20 x 24 1/2 in. (50.8 x 62.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887
Accession Number:
  • Gallery Label

    Throughout his career, Fromentin's subject matter was drawn largely from the romantic and colorful life of Arabian nomads. This late example, which reflects Corot's influence, was purchased directly from the artist by Catharine Lorillard Wolfe.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): -Eug.-Fromentin.-73-

  • Provenance

    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, New York (1873–d. 1887; bought from the artist)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 108.

    Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. "The Romantic Circle: French Romantic Painting, Delacroix and his Contemporaries," October 15–November 30, 1952, no. 58.

  • References

    The Art Treasures of America. reprint, 1977. New York, 1879, vol. 1, p. 134.

    Montezuma [Montague Marks]. "My Note Book." Art Amateur 16 (May 1887), p. 122.

    Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer. "The Wolfe Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. II." Independent 39 (November 24, 1887), p. 9, considers it a lesser work by the artist.

    Walter Rowlands. "The Miss Wolfe Collection." Art Journal, n.s., (January 1889), p. 13.

    Sophia Antoinette Walker. "Fine Arts: The Painting Master in the Wolfe Collection." Independent 46 (August 2, 1894), p. 12.

    "The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4.

    William Sharp. "The Art Treasures of America (Concluded.)." Living Age, 7th ser., 1 (December 3, 1898), p. 604, notes that it was purchased from the artist by Wolfe in 1873.

    Frank Fowler. "The Field of Art: Modern Foreign Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum, Some Examples of the French School." Scribner's Magazine 44 (September 1908), p. 382.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, p. 157, ill.

    Barbara Wright. Eugène Fromentin: A Life in Art and Letters. Bern, 2000, p. 494, lists it among works of 1873 that Fromentin painted primarily for financial reasons.

    James Thompson and Barbara Wright. Eugène Fromentin, 1820–1876: Visions d'Algérie et d'Égypte. 2nd rev. ed (1st ed., 1987). Paris, 2008, pp. 362, 383, ill., note the similarity of its composition to that of another Fromentin painting (about 1873; sold at Christie's, London, June 21, 2001, no. 16).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History