Oil on canvas, signed lower left
Image size: 18 x 14 ¾ inches (45.5 x 37.5 cm)
Original gilt frame
The light shining down to the steps gives the effect of heat and brings to life the space below. Unlike many other Orientalist who painted scenes of their imagination, Pinel wanted to capture the real people he saw and their everyday lives.
The detail in his paintings captures the surprising beauty of the places that these people lived in.