OIL PAINTING: Street In Damascus and Street In Cairo: A Pair of Painting (Pic 2)
The extensive journeys furnished Frere with a mass of images from which to draw on. These Orientalist themes were not only popular with artists, but also with collectors, the public and most notably, the government, which felt that by encouraging French artists to travel abroad, they were communicating to the public the strength of the French state and their colonial domination. During Frere's first trip to Algeria he produced several large paintings for the king of Wurttemberg. In 1841 Frere sent two paintings to the Salon which were later purchased by Louis-Phillipe, a power-seeking individual who would have certainly felt a fondness for images that portrayed France's cultural and colonial domination over another culture. In a sense, Frere, while painting images that he had an extreme interest in, was also making a political statement, perhaps unintentionally, which increased the public's knowledge and interest in further colonial expansion.