Mariano Fortuny y Carbo
The Snake Charmers. 1870

The eminent Spanish artist of the mid-nineteenth century Mariano Fortuny became fascinated by the East after a visit to Morocco in 1859. Barcelona City Council invited the artist to accompany Spanish troops to Africa during the war with Morocco and paint a large historical canvas of the Battle of Tetuan. The canvas was never finished, but the artist brought back a large number of studies and sketches, which he used subsequently to produce paintings. The Snake Charmers is a genre composition from the life of the Arabic East. Fortuny's characteristic combination of bright colours, reminiscent of decorative oriental carpets, free brushwork, and skilfully depicted accessories make the painting an intriguing spectacle. This work finally established Fortuny's reputation as an orientalist artist.

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Mariano Fortuny y Carbo