The Arab Jeweler, Charles Sprague Pearce
In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use zoom or download icons under the image.
This piece by the 19th century Boston painter of an Egyptian craftsman and his tools — a subject common among “Orientalist” painters — looks refined on the surface; but on closer inspection in the nicely high resolution image provided by the Met, is alive with painterly brush marks.
Pearce has deftly controlled his color and value relationships to capture the muted light in which the jeweler is working. The darkened edges of the composition are essentially a subtle vignette.
I love the little touches like the sparks coming off the fire, and the red glow at the heated ends of the tongs.