Cavaliers devant la port du bazaar
Signed lower left: A. Pasini
Private Collection, Italy
Thence by descent to previous owner
Pasini was born in Busseto and attended the Academy at Parma. From 1851 to 1853 he studied under Eugène Cicéri (1803-1886) in Paris, where he completed his training in the atelier of M. E. Isabey (1813-1890). He made his Salon debut in 1853. From his first visit to Persia in 1855, as part of the suite of the French legation to the Persian Gulf and Tehran, Pasini specialized in views of remote corners of Turkey and Persia. He travelled to Constantinople between 1868 and 1869 and to Asia Minor and Syria in 1873. Pasini was a seasoned traveler within Europe and from 1878 visited Venice on several occasions, and made a journey to Spain with Gérôme from 1879 to 1883.
Principally a landscape and architectural painter, Pasini came under the influence of Théodore Rousseau and Fromentin in the late 1850s, though his later style reveals affinities with the ‘Neo-grec’ School of painters. Apart from his Orientalist work, he painted some genre scenes and subjects taken from Turkish history and was also known for his lithographic work.
After the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), Pasini returned to Italy, but continued to exhibit at the Salon until his death in 1899.
-bio primarily taken from Stevens, Mary Anne, ed. The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse. The Allure of North Africa and the Near East. (Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1984): p. 195.
Jullian, Philippe, The Orientalists: European Painters of Eastern Scenes (Oxford, Phaidon, 1977). P. 72, 152.
Stevens, Mary Anne, ed. The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse. The Allure of North Africa and the Near East. (Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1984): p. 195.
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