Charles-Landelle

Juive de Tanger (1874). Charles Landelle (French, 1812-1908). Musée des beaux-arts de Reims.

Landelle is considered an important orientalist, genre, portrait and historical painter from the French school. He began his formal art studies in 1837 at the l’Ecole Royale des Beaux-Arts with Paul Hippolyte Delaroche (1797-1856) and with historical painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).

Vae Victoribus (Woe To The Victors), 1871. Charles Zacharie Landelle (French, 1812-1908). Oil on canvas.

“Vae victoribus” or “Woe to the victors” was the warning that French intellectuals sent to Bismarckian Germany in 1870, reminding them that the seeds of France’s defeat and collapse in that year were sown in its triumphs of the Napoleonic era.

Algerian Woman Playing a Darbouka (1887). Charles Landelle (French, 1821–1908).

The Eastern and North-African darboukas, or goblet drums, are played under the arm or resting on the player’s leg, with a much lighter touch and quite different strokes (sometimes including rolls or quick rhythms articulated with the fingertips) than hand drums such as the djembe, found in West Africa.