Eugène Louis Charvot (French, 1847 – 1924)
View of Rue El – Alfahouine
Oil on canvas
47 ¼ x 39 ⅞ in.
Gift of Yvonne Charvot Barnett in memory of her father Eugène Louis Charvot
A distinguished physician and surgeon, Eugène Louis Charvot served as a military doctor in French Tunisia and Algeria beginning in 1885. Enthralled with these new places, he created a large body of paintings, prints, and watercolors. He wrote to a niece, “The city of Tunis and particularly the Arab markets are from the point of view of the artist beyond all description… all is bright and colored, luminous and fresh. The cube-shaped houses, the mosques, dabbled high and low with white lime, shine under the eastern sun like immense blocks of chalk.”