A beautiful signed and dated 1922 oil on wood panel depicting Bou Saâda in Algeria, by the French Orientalist artist Paul Nicolai. The work is inscribed ''P. Nicolai, Bou Saâda, 1922'' lower left.
Original hand written label and French artist suppliers stamp on the reverse. Presented in a modern gilt frame.
Artist: Paul Nicolai (French, 1876-1948)
Title: Bou Saâda
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 15 x 18.5 inches (38 x 47 cm) including the frame
Bou Saada (Arabic: بو سعادة, bu s‘adah, meaning "place of happiness") is a town and municipality in M'Sila Province, Algeria, situated 245 km south of Algiers. As Arena it was the site of a city and bishopric in Roman Africa, now a Catholic titular see.
Bou-Saada is located in the southwest of the Hodna region in the Hauts Plateaux, at the feet of the Ouled Naïl Range of the Saharan Atlas. It has traditionally been an important market place producing and selling jewelry, metalwork, carpets and bousaadi knives. There is still a textile mill in the town. Even in modern times, Bou-Saada is an important trading post for nomads. There is some national tourism during winter.
Bou-Saada has two quarters, the old medina (ksar) within the city walls with arched alleyways, and the French town to the south. Surrounding the town are extensive date groves.
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