The Arab Jeweler

Artist: Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914)

Date: ca. 1882

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 46 x 35 3/8 in. (116.8 x 89.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1922

Accession Number: 22.69


An example of the popular Orientalist mode, The Arab Jeweler was probably inspired by Pearce's travels to North Africa and the Near East in the 1870s. The close vantage point, solidly modeled figure, sophisticated rendering of textures, and intricate details recall works by Léon Bonnat, with whom Pearce studied from 1873 until 1876. Forced by poor health to leave Paris, Pearce settled in 1884 in Auvers-sur-Oise, about fifteen miles north, and increasingly turned his attention to sentimental scenes of rural life.