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It portrays in its foreground an Arabic man cradling the head of his horse, which has succumbed to the inclement desert. It is a very emotional scene, the last moment between the owner and his loyal animal companion, without whom the man is also likely to perish soon. It portrays not only a personal scene but a whole cultural ethos of what is almost a symbiosis between man and animal.
Adding more verisimilitude to the scene, Gérôme depicts in minute detail each aspect of the man and his horse’s attire. The man has most of his skin covered, a necessity in the desert where lack of protection from the Sun can mean blisters and insolation, and we can only see his hands, left uncovered to guarantee dexterity and the upper part of his face. Other parts of his body are covered by layer upon layer of light-colored cloth, which serves to protect him from the sun and the wind.
Recumbent with its head on its master’s lap, the masterfully painted ginger horse is magnificent even in its demise. Its orange hair glistens in the sun, even though its tail lies lifeless on the ground. By using composition and posing, Gérôme depicts a fully realized animal full of emotion, as if at that moment it had developed the consciousness needed to look meaningfully into the eyes of his master.
In the background, sand covers and sifts through a landscape made of stone. The majesty and greatness of the setting reinforcing the emotion in the scene by implying an arid, ruthless and extremely dangerous environment.
But more than a beautiful portrayal of an emotional last goodbye between horse and rider, and more than a sublime landscape, in this piece Gérôme is portraying a whole aspect of a culture. The tribes of the desert are highly dependent on their horses and camels for their survival, and as such great care and effort are put into maintaining the animals without which the tribe would surely perish. The artist, by portraying a specific relationship, enables us to understand the whole wider culture behind it as he saw it.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of An Arab and His Horse in the Desert, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of An Arab and His Horse in the Desert 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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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.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
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.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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