For this peaceful view of the Nile, the painter relied on a solid composition of horizontals accentuating the majesty and grandeur of the place.
In the foreground, the Bedouins are resting and in the distance we can see a white mausoleum at the top of the hill. The "lantern tower" seems to be an interpretive representation, in order to counterbalance the horizontals of this painting by its verticality.
At the beginning of the 19th century, English painters gave a topographical vision of this place. Most artists stick to this very realistic version. At the turn of the 1860s, pure realists continued to share this deep sense of reality, but some were more concerned with aesthetic values ??and encroached on realism, which is the case in this painting with the lantern tower.
The tranquil atmosphere of the place as well as the enveloping warmth are perfectly conveyed by the warm colors which seem to spread out to infinity and convey the grandiose and fascinating side of the Nile valley.
English stamp on the canvas
64.5 x 84.5 cm with the frame
18 000 €