Arab Mourning

Mariano Fortuny captured the intense grief of an Arab mourning a dead friend in this stark 1866 etching Arabe Veillant le Corps de son Ami.
Fortuny had witnessed Moroccan life at first hand during several visits, the first in 1859, when he accompanied the troops of Spanish General Juan Prim. A nineteenth-century critic praised Fortuny’s scratchy (egratigné) and gritty (grignoté) etching technique as very original and of the greatest interest. Another critic commented on the remarkable effect of color in the print. Even in black and white, Fortuny’s much admired sense of color is evident.
This print is one of twenty-eight Fortuny etchings issued by the Parisian publisher Goupil after the artist’s death in Rome at age thirty-six. Stephen Ferris, a great admirer of Fortuny, owned impressions of many of his prints.
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Object Name
Date made
original artist
Fortuny y Carbo, Mariano
Goupil & Cie.
graphic artist
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 19 cm x 38.5 cm; 7 1/2 in x 15 3/16 in
plate: 21 cm x 41 cm; 8 1/4 in x 16 1/8 in
sheet: 28.5 cm x 46.5 cm; 11 1/4 in x 18 5/16 in
place drawn
Italia: Lazio, Rome
place printed
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Ferris Collection
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Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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