Mountains in North Africa, with a Bedouin Camp

about 1862-87, Gustave Guillaumet

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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It is difficult to date this oil sketch precisely, since Guillaumet visited North Africa ten times between 1862 and 1867. A range of hills can be seen rising from a valley floor. White-robed Bedouins move across the foreground away from their dark tents. The paint has been applied freely and in some areas thickly, suggesting that the sketch was painted quite quickly.

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