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One of the significant American Orientalists, the Bostonian Edward Lord Weeks profited greatly from his privileged upbringing as the son of a tea and spice merchant. A privilege which enabled him to spend most of his life either traveling the world or studying under the greatest Academic painters of his time, including Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat. Those studies were of a crucial influence for Lord Weeks’ career not only in technique but also in the choice of subject matter, inspiring him to travel through the Middle East, North Africa and eventually even India. Those travels would be instrumental for Lord Weeks’ development as an artist, much in the same way they had been for his mentors.
Unfortunately, Lord Weeks’ travels were not as well reported as those of his peers and that fact, added to the artist’s practice of creating most of his more magnificent paintings in his studio based on old sketches and studies, and that unlike many other artist’s Lord Weeks himself wouldn’t date most of his finished paintings, makes it quite difficult for scholars to adequately date his paintings. This candid portrait, for example, is likely to have been painted sometime between the 1880s and the 1890s, since during those decades the artist and his wife spent many periods in India, where the word nautch would have been used to describe the girls.
The word is an anglicization of different words from Hindi and Urdu that mean merely “dancer,” and has often been used by Westerners to define a specific type of Indian dance. Being so, it is valid to assert that this painting was either painted in India or based on sketches made there, which sadly is still not enough to achieve a proper dating. The art gallery that last sold it, Mark Murray Fine Paintings, in New York, was also not able to date it, even though they are famed purveyors of Lord Weeks’ paintings.
While the background of this oil on canvas was left unfinished, it also enables the observer to focus on the exquisite detail of the girls’ clothing and jewelry, which augment their delicate expressions that seem to be intently looking at something to the left of the painting. Compared to Lord Weeks’ other paintings, this lacks the usual amount of detail and polishing, but that in no way diminishes its beauty or expressiveness.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Sketch Two Nautch Girls, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Sketch Two Nautch Girls 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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