01 Orientalist Painting, Narcisse Berchère’s Horseman at the camp, with footnotes, #110

Narcisse Berchère, (Etampes 1819- Asnières 1891)
Horseman at the camp

Oil on panel a non-parquet board
14 x 10 cm
Private collection

Narcisse Berchère (11 September 1819, Étampes – 20 September 1891, Asnières-sur-Seine) was a French painter and engraver; best known for his Orientalist works.His initial studies were at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, with Charles-Caïus Renoux [fr]. Later, he worked in the studios of Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond.

He spent much of his working life in Paris; making extended trips to Provence and Spain, and specializing in landscapes. He visited Egypt, Asia Minor and the Greek archipelago from 1849 to 1850 and sent his first paintings to the Salon from Greece.

In 1856, he returned to Egypt and crossed the Sinai desert with his friend, the painter Léon Belly. They were then joined by Jean-Léon Gérôme and Auguste Bartholdi; setting out on an expedition up the Nile Valley that October.

Four years later, Ferdinand de Lesseps entrusted him to create a series of paintings, tracing the different stages in the excavation of the Suez Canal. During this project he maintined a detailed correspondence with Eugène Fromentin. Their letters were published in 1863. He was invited to attend the inaugural ceremonies at the Canal in 1869.

After many years of travelling throughout North Africa and the Middle East, he settled in Asnières-sur-Seine. Many of his sketches and paintings are preserved at the Musée municipal d’Étampes [fr], in Essonne. More on Narcisse Berchère

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