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Douglas Arthur Teed (American, 1860-1929), Arab Street Scene, 1920, oil on canvas, signed and dated

Douglas Arthur Teed (American, 1860-1929), Arab Street Scene, 1920, oil on canvas, signed and dated

Item Description:

Signed and dated "Douglas Arthur Teed 1920" lower left, framed


Craquelure, possibly relined. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection


Sight: Height 24 in. x Width 18 in.

Height 30 in. x Width 25 in.

About The Artist:

Douglas Arthur Teed was born in Utica, New York, in 1860. Although Teed is primarily remembered as an American Romantic painter, he also created works in the style of the Orientalist Romantic and American Impressionist traditions. His father, the self-proclaimed religious messiah Dr. Cyrus R. Teed, left the family to develop a religious sect called 'Koreshanity' when Douglas was nine years old. Douglas started painting at age fourteen under the instruction of the American artist George Inness, who painted in the Barbizon style, a French genre of landscape painting featuring romanticized, rough countryside landscapes and livestock. Teed supported himself by painting billboards in New York City until age 30 at which point he left for Rome. From there, he travelled extensively throughout Europe for the next five years.

While in Europe in 1893, Teed was exposed to a major retrospective exhibition of Islamic Art, which planted the seeds for his interest in Orientalism. Returning to New York in 1895, Teed began a successful career painting landscapes and portraits. Inspired by the exhibition he saw in Europe, Teed traveled to the Middle East from 1907 to 1911, visiting Egypt, Morocco, India, and Algeria, creating many paintings and detailed studies during his travels. His Orientalist Romantic paintings were particularly popular among the newly wealthy art collectors of Detroit, Michigan, who were not ready to buy into the current movements of the Modernists and American Realists. Teed moved to Detroit after his return from the Middle East. He died there of a heart attack in 1929.

This painting, depicting a street scene in the Middle East, shows the characteristic loose brush strokes of the American Impressionist style applied to an Orientalist subject.


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Douglas Arthur Teed (American, 1860-1929), Arab Street Scene, 1920, oil on canvas, signed and dated

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