Edwin Lord Weeks (American, , 1849–1903),
Entrance to a Mosque, Delhi
oil on canvas, 9 x 13 in.; 48.26 x 33.02 cm
Gift of Mrs. C.N. Dietz, 1934.78
In 1870 Weeks entered the studio of Europe’s leading Orientalist, Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Weeks absorbed all his master’s lessons, creating minutely detailed and thematically sophisticated paintings of the Near East. As a student, Weeks traveled throughout North Africa in search of subject matter, settling in Tangiers for two years. By 1882 he had made his first visit to India and shortly thereafter began exhibiting scenes of that country at the annual Salons. Despite making Paris his home, Weeks was considered the leading American Orientalist and contributed articles and illustrations of his travels to such American magazines as Harper’s.