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


Boston-born Charles Sprague Pearce belonged to the generation of American artists who increasingly settled in France in the post-Civil War years. Like that of his celebrated Parisian teacher, Leon Bonnat, Pearce explored a range of subjects throughout his successful expatriate career. A four-month excursion along the Nile in the early 1870s led to a particular interest in "exotic," or Orientalist themes, such as this ambitious portrayal of a native craftsman.