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
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)