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    Temples and Bathing Ghat at Benares

    Weeks probably painted this seemingly spontaneous sketch of the banks of the Ganges River in the sacred city of Benares during his first extended visit to India, in 1882–83. It most likely served as one of many preparatory studies for his large and important painting The Last Journey, Souvenir of the Ganges, Benares, exhibited to acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1885. Although the broad brushwork of this study is characteristic of his sketches executed on the spot, its size suggests that it may have been painted in his temporary studio in Benares, perhaps with the aid of some of the photographs that he also employed to document his firsthand observations.

    • Artist: Edwin Lord Weeks, American, 1849-1903
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Dates: ca. 1883-1885
    • Dimensions: 19 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (50.6 x 76 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed lower left: "E. L. Weeks / Benares"
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 77.150.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of Walter Prosser
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849-1903). Temples and Bathing Ghat at Benares, ca. 1883-1885. Oil on canvas, 19 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (50.6 x 76 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Walter Prosser, 77.150.1
    • Image: overall, 77.150.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    • Record Completeness: Best (85%)
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    Recent Comments
    08:08 05/12/2011
    it is here
    layer after layer
    city after city
    built over and hidden
    in timeless Benares
    mystical, alluring, perplexing
    yuga after yuga
    mysterious, inscrutable
    here the mind has inquired
    has conformed, has been sold
    mind betrayed;
    yet beings liberated
    mind freed
    countless bodies of ages burned,
    countless corpses set on last journeys
    and yet here is insight
    is freedom
    here is seeing
    in timeless Benares
    mystical, alluring, perplexing

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