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Artist:
Paul Jean Baptiste Lazerges
(French, 1845-1902)
Title:The Desert Night
 
Medium:Oil on Canvas on Canvas
Size:69 x 79 framed
Markings:signed lower right


In this painting Paul Lazerges invites us to follow a caravan in the desert regions of southern Algeria. He chose to represent a peaceful moment during a halt in the journey of a group of nomads.

The real subject of this painting is nature and its vastness. The camp, nomads and camels serve as a contrast to reveal the true scale of this great landscape. Conversely the landscape informs on the immense challenge the nomads must face to survive. Paul Lazerges reveals a vision of the Algerian desert full of poetry, quietude and silence.

Only a visitor to the desert can appreciate the stark clarity of the night sky in an atmosphere devoid of moisture; the brilliance and multitude of stars. A difficult, innovative, ambitious and rare subject, the starry sky could only be engaged by a master of landscape. The photographic look of the innovative composition adds a very modern feel and plays a major role in strengthening the feeling of vastness of the starry sky. The contrast between plains, blue night sky and sandy soil is treated with subtle color harmonies.

The artist painted in this image the poetry of travel, inviting us to dream under the stars of this part of the world. It includes all the poetic inspiration specific to Lazerges, sustained by his astonishing treatment of nocturnal light.



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