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In the 19th century, one of the most relevant styles in the European and American settings was Academic Art, which is that art produced wither within or with the strong influence of the Art Academies. Under that umbrella, there would be some specialisms, often linked to the artist’s choice of the subject matter. Few among those have evoked as much awe and criticism as Orientalism, in which artists would paint the wonders of what in their minds represented the Middle East, which in reality also included North Africa and sometimes India, as is the case with American Orientalist Edwin Lord Weeks.
To perfect his craft, Weeks spent most of his adult life either traveling around what was seen by Europeans and Americans as the East, which included Morocco, Egypt, Persia, and India, where Weeks went several times, even keeping a temporary studio in India where many great works were produced. Likely to be among those, this oil on canvas could not, to date, be precisely dated, partly because Weeks would not write the date on the canvas like most artists would, partly because the choice of subject matter was not necessarily in direct connection with the time of the painting, as the artist would customarily create paintings about a subject matter years after having real-life contact with it, basing the final work on a wealth of sketches, studies, and photographs taken during his trips. To further complicate dating, most of his paintings were sold in the same auction by his estate upon his death, so that someone aspiring to use the sales to date the work would also be frustrated on that front.
Now in possession of private collectors, this highly complex painting depicts one of the fascinating aspects of Indian society in the eyes of a Westerner: riding elephants. The animal portrayed here is of particular importance since it belongs to a Mogul, which is another way of referring to the Mughals, rulers of Northern India who claimed to be descendants of Ghengis Khan. The beasts had to be trained for riding from a very early age, and their trainer would also become their handler and driver, who is here portrayed sitting on the animal’s neck. Behind him, we can see the elephant is equipped with a luxurious hathi howdah, the basket placed on the animal’s back for the comfort of its wealthy passengers.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Mogul's Elephant, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Mogul's Elephant that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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