DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Ethel CARRICK | Arabs bargaining

England 1872 – Australia 1952
France from 1905, North Africa and Spain 1911, Australia 1908, 1913-16, and frequent visits thereafter
Arabs bargaining c.1911
oil on canvas
64.5 (h) x 81.0 (w) cm
Fosters Group, Melbourne

In Arabs bargaining Carrick’s interest is as much in describing this commonplace market scene as in constructing a painting of abstract elements and high-keyed and vibrant colours. For Carrick, the intense light and colourful costumes of the Arab people provided a rich visual spectacle that allowed her to experiment with ever more intense blocks of colour and pattern in her work.

Many artists travelled to Morocco to paint. They admired the beauty, the uniqueness of the dress, the brilliance of the light and the unaccustomed brilliance of colour that they found there.

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