Depicts a group of Arab warriors on horseback in full gallop charging away from the viewer through the desert landscape.
Renowned for his dynamic compositions of horses and nomadic Arab warriors in desert landscapes, Schreyer’s rapid sketch-like brushstrokes emphasize the forward momentum of the riders. Schreyer traveled to Syria, Egypt and North Africa in the early 1860s where he thoroughly immersed himself in the Arab culture, and the people and arid landscapes of these regions proved to be a rich source of imagery for his subsequent work.
Several travelers are walking up along the mountain path. Some carry heavy goods, and some hold touches. There are trees on the edge of the road. A river flows below cut a steep-sided canyon between the two mountains.
A woman is shown seated in a simple interior. She is holding carding combs and is seated next to a pile of uncarded wool on one side and skeins of yarn on the other. Behind her is the wheel of a spinning wheel.
This quiet humble interior with a woman carding wool shows Millet's affinities with Dutch 17th century genre scenes, many of which also feature peasants or working class people.