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Title

The snake charmer

1889


Artist

Nasreddine Dinet

France

28 Mar 1861 - 24 Dec 1929


About

Another of the prolofic technicians of late nineteenth-century art, Dinet was a French-born painter-illustrator, with a penchant for attention-seeking titles and striking technical effects are exploited in 'The snake charmer', an orientalist painting that doubles as a touristic postcard. Exotic in its geo-graphical setting and sensational in its subject matter, it further trades on scale as a strategy to arrest the viewer. The figures are large and brilliantly coloured, seeming to spill into the gallery space. The charmer himself is consciously that, with a toothy smile and 'authentic' costume. Also noteworthy is the treatment of bright sunlight which Dinet translates into broad applications of impasto paint with practised, not to say formulaic, ease. No real attempt is made to create a composition. Rather, the cropped casualness of a photograph is suggested.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.


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Details


Alternative title

Le charmeur de viperes


Date

1889


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

176.5 x 180.4 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., yellow oil "E. DINET / ...1889".


Credit

Purchased 1890


Location

Not on display


Accession number

799


Artist information

Nasreddine Dinet

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Paris Salon, Paris/France, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Paris Salon 1890


Referenced in 29 publications

Bibliography


Roger Benjamin, Look, 'The Romance of Arabia - Orientalism - Delacroix to Klee', pg. 14-17, Heidelberg, Dec 1997, 15 (colour illus.), 16.

Roger Benjamin, Orientalism – Delacroix to Klee, 'The Oriental Mirage', pg. 7-31, Sydney, 1997-1998, 20, 41-43, 44 (colour illus.), 45, 129 (colour illus.), 129-30.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Sydney, 1988, 48.

Janet Hawley, Good Weekend, 'Scenes from the Kaskah', pg. 24-30, Sydney, 1997, 27, 28 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 50 (colour illus.).

Art and Australia, 'Victorian favourites: a conversation - Elwyn Lynn and Lloyd Rees', pg. 49-56, Sydney, Spring 1984, 49, 52, 55.

Catalogue del l'oeuvre de Dinet, 1984, 194. cat.no. 144

The Orientalists: painter travellers, 1983.

An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944. cat.no. 101

National Art Gallery of New South Wales: exhibition of continental art, Sydney, 1940. cat.no. 1

La vie de E. Dinet, 1938, 62.

Art and Australia, 'The Art of Arthur Streeton', pg. 12, Sydney, 1919, 12.

Author Unknown, L'Art et les artistes, 1909-1910, 163-172.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, (illus.). cat.no. 77

Le Salon de 1890, 1890, 84 (illus.).

Le Temps, 02 Jul 1890.

L'art francais, 28 Jun 1890. cat.no. 166 (repr. en glyptographie)

Le monde illustre, 17 May 1890, 322.

Brelaus de salons, 1890, 225.

Revue francaise et samedi réunis, 1890, 97.

L'artiste, 1890, 85.

Paris Salon, Paris, 1890, 95 (illus.).

Author Unknown, Figaro, 1890, (illus.).

Le Salon de 1890, 1890, 86 (illus.).

Revue des deux mondes, vil 3, 1890, 925.

(and so forth), Sydney, 1998, (colour illus.). The image appears between pages 232 and 233.

La vie et l'oeuvre de Etienne Dinet, Paris, 1991. cat.no. 144

Unknown, Images in opposition: Australian landscape painting 1801–1890, 'Contrasting lights', pg.135-154, Melbourne, 1985, 149.

Unknown, Unknown and Unknown, Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, (illus.). no catalogue numbers