02 Paintings by Orientalist Artists, Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert, with footnotes, #95

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904)
Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert, c. 1857

Oil on canvas
64 x 109.8 cm
Private collection

The present works represents a scene common in Egypt during the nineteenth century, when young men from the villages were conscripted into the army of the Khalif, a process which dated back to the first attempt by Mohammed Ali Pasha, to build up a regular army in 1824. As seen in the paintings, the recruits trudge across the desert, escorted by the Arnaut guard, and challenge the heat and wind making their journey long and painful…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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