Sunday, January 10, 2010

Frederick Arthur Bridgman, an American Orientalist Painter

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928)is now considered a doyen of the American Orientalist school of painters.
In the 1870s, Mr. Bridgman traveled from his home in Paris to Algiers. Although, he traveled to paint, his journeys so impressed him that he produced a written account that appeared in Harpers Monthly, New York, 1889. That account became the basis of his amply illustrated "Winters in Algeria" published by Gorgias Press, New Jersey, 2007 (ISBN 978-1-59333-599-1).
With the eyes of a thoroughly western sensibility, Bridgman was enthralled by the experience of traveling in historic Algeria (Tlemcen, Kabylia, Bone, Constantine, Biskra). His travelogue describes the people and customs, the layout of the towns, the celebration of the Muslim religion, the black community in an Islamic context, and the legends of the people.

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