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Although he was well known in his day, neither monograph nor long articles have been written about Frere; or documented his intrepid travels. He studied under the landscape and figure painters Jules Coignet and Camille Roqueplan, then travelled around France and exhibited for the first time at the 1834 Paris Salon. A visit to Algeria in 1837 changed his life. He showed his first Orientalist work at the 1839 Salon and, from then on, painted only scenes of the Muslim world.

In 1851, he went further a field, staying in Constantinople for eighteen months after calling at Malta, Greece and Smyrna. He then continued on to Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Nubia, returning to Paris laden with material for future paintings and Oriental works of art, with which he filled his house. He kept a studio in Cairo and received the title of Bey from the Egyptian government.

Probably his last journey to Egypt was in the company of the Empress Eugenie, who was the main guest at the festivities for the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869.

He took part in the Paris Universal Exhibitions of 1855, 1867 and 1878 and continued to submit to the Salon until 1887. Some works, painted on canvas were of considerable size, while many others were on small wood panels. Theophile Gautier, widely travelled himself, commented that the pictures’ exactitude showed Frere’s long familiarity with these countries of “gold, silver and azure”. His contribution to the Orientalist movement was a talent for creating an atmosphere - the pale yellow light of dawn behind Bedouin tents, a glimpse of distant minarets shimmering in a heat wave, camels picking their way over parched, cracked earth. He was not interested however, in ethnic or individual facial studies - his people are never personalized.

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Caravan at Dusk
Charles Theodore Frere French 1814 - 1888 Caravan at Dusk Oil on panel, signed lower right Image size: 13 ¾ x 10 ¾ inches Ornate gilt frame
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Outskirts of Cairo
Charles Theodore Frere French 1814 - 1888 Outskirts of Cairo Oil on canvas, signed & inscribed "Au Caire", lower right Image size: 12 ¾ x 22 ...
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