William Gale (1823 – 1909)

William Gale (1823 - 1909)

William Gale (1823 – 1909) British oil on board. measures 10.5×16 inches Signed with a monogram WG lower left Farhat Art Museum Collection.

William Gale was active/lived in United Kingdom. William Gale is known for painting.

History and genre painter; born 1823 in London. Prize-winning student at Royal Academy Schools, where exhibited annually 1844–93, but never elected a member; regularly exhibited at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists; travelled to Italy 1851 and Middle East 1862 and 1867; his output was prolific and varied, across a range of styles and including sentimental, biblical and mythological subjects, portraits and orientalist pictures; examples of his work held by Tate, Glasgow City Art Galleries and Museums and Art Gallery of New South Wales; [1] died 1909.
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‘The Orient is extraordinary…It escapes conventions, it lies outside all disciplines, it transposes, it inverts everything..’ (1) Eugene Fromentin, Une Annee dans le Sahel
William Gale was one of the many artists who, upon finishing his study at the Royal Academy Schools, set out to explore the far-off lands of the Orient: namely North Africa, Algeria, Palestine and Syria. These remote countries at the crossroads of civilizations captivated his imagination with a treasure trove of mystery, paradox and new artistic challenges.
Following in the footsteps of the great Orientalists John Frederic Lewis and Jean Leon Gerome, William Gale evokes in An Eastern Woman the exotic colours and delicate textures of the East. Using pure, rich glazes and extraordinary attention to detail, he renders the luxurious, beautifully embroidered headscarf. Eastern women kindled a curiosity in almost every Orientalist artist with their gaudy shawls and yakmash, heavy jewelry and enigmatic beauty.

1. Quoted in Mary Anne Stevens, The Orientalist, Royal Academy of Arts, 1984


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