Painters Paintings John Frederick Lewis (1804 – 1876): The Kibab Shop, Scutari (Üsküdar), Asia Mino…
Painters Work John Frederick Lewis (1804 – 1876): The Kibab Store, Scutari (Üsküdar), Asia Minor, 1858, oil on panel, 53.three x 78.7 cm
Earlier than his well-documented 1840s residence in Cairo, Lewis traveled from Rome by way of Albania, Corfu, Janina, the Pindus Mountains, Patrass, Athens, the Gulf of Corinth and Smyrna (Izmir), in the end reaching Istanbul the place the artist would reside for the rest of the yr. He was fascinated by Istanbul’s wealthy cultural heritage and relished the chance to see the town’s historic websites.
As urged by its title, the setting of Lewis’ ‘Kibab Store’ is a road within the northwestern Turkish metropolis of Scutari, located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, now generally known as Üsküdar and a district of Istanbul.
The wealth and service provider historical past of the world is usually recommended by Lewis’ view of a well-appointed and standard store promoting the area’s conventional roasted, skewered meat; kebab… Within the foreground three males in richly colored robes collect within the shade of a darkish doorway. In an adjoining eating room, an outdated gentleman, presumably the store’s proprietor, reads in repose whereas the standing black-bearded man (believed by many to be a self-portrait of the artist) appears to be like straight on the viewer as he stands at a pass-through between the rooms.
The foreground is brightly lit by the noonday solar, which falls on the animals within the courtyard, and spills over the lap of the smoking man, leaving his face in cool shadow. The attention is drawn by way of the shadowy room to a fretwork display screen silhouetted in daylight, framing a gaggle in dialog and a powerful view of the town. In distinction, the smoky crimson of the cooking fireplace dimly illuminates the cook dinner at getting ready the meal.
The extraordinary realism of the current work rests on Lewis’ consideration to element. The readability of those particulars testify to his exuberant use of color and his masterful dealing with of sunshine and shadow. (Sotheby’s)