A Ravine: Souvenir of Algeria
Oil on wood panel (1874)
Eugène Fromentin made three trips to Algeria in North Africa between 1846 and 1853. The notes and sketches he made during these expeditions provided a wealth of material for his work. He established himself as an acclaimed Orientalist, a European term to describe writers and artists who took inspiration from the lands of the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Minor. Using sketches and memories of his travels from more than 20 years earlier, Fromentin created this painting as a romantic reminiscence of a foreign place.