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A prominent name among the American Orientalists, Edwin Lord Weeks, like most artists considered to be part of that artistic movement, spent most of his adult life either traveling or studying under masters like Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat. In those travels, Weeks would accrue knowledge, references, and a veritable library of photographs and sketches to draw from when creating his paintings. Based on those resources, the artist would then return to one of his many studios, where he would produce amazingly detailed and studied paintings that would portray, often in the same space, every aspect of the East that the artist found exotic and exciting enough to be brought back to American and European audiences.
In this oil on canvas painting, produced circa 1883, during Weeks’ first stay in India and now in possession of private collectors, the artist portrayed a complex and busy scene on the quay of one of the most important rivers in India. Although rarely mentioned by name in the titles of Weeks’ painting, the Ganga or Ganges River not only provides water to one of the most populous regions of India but is also of extreme spiritual importance for many religions. The scene occurs in the city of Benares, now known as Varanasi, where Weeks kept a temporary studio during his trip to India, although there is no evidence that this particular painting was produced in that studio as it might also have been created based on sketches and photographs taken during the trip, especially considering its complexity.
Among the paintings produced by Weeks, there is a tendency of those painted with more detail and complexity to have been painted in the studio, while the quicker, rougher paintings were usually painted in loco. The attention to detail here, is, then, very telling. It could even be said that Weeks put together a composition made to showcase the people and customs he saw around him. For that, Weeks mixes people from all walks of life, from wealthy merchants dressed in luxurious red to destitute ascetics wearing but a white dhoti, all of them resting under large parasols.
It is like Weeks wanted to, in a single scene, portray the whole Indian culture as he perceived it, taking the care of leaving out any Western influence. In that way, this painting is almost a disorganized scheme of Indian society as experienced by the artist.
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