(b. 1820, La Rochelle, d. 1876, Saint-Maurice)

The Land of Thirst

c. 1869
Oil on canvas, 103 x 143 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This picture shows a barren desert landscape in which we see a scattering of people, all approaching death. The sun is at its zenith, the shadows are short.

Fromentin, a prolific painter, borrowed the title for this desert picture from his book A Summer in the Sahara, written in 1857. It was based on his travels through Algeria.

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