Metz, Moselle, May 25, 1859 – 1942
Algiers, portrait of an Arab dignitary, probably Mohammed Ben Hadj Hamida, 1890
Oil on canvas
Signed, dated and located lower right “A. Birck / Alger 1890”
H. 55 cm. / L. 46 cm.
The work, cleaned and varnished, is presented in a contemporary frame in exotic wood, hand-carved, patinated and waxed, work from North Africa, titled and dated (calendar of the hegira) in Arabic language « Painter Abi Siad / 1311 » and « Mohammed Ben Hadj Hamida »
In this beautiful portrait, Alphonse Birck manages to transcribe the psychology of this Algerian dignitary wearing a gandoura worn under a burnous (burnoose).
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