Wednesday, 25 April 2007

One day behind us, let's buy a slave

And today we want to move over to the slavemarkets. Here some classical images: the two versions of Jean-Léon Gérôme very famous "marche aux esclaves": version A ("marche aux esclaves" here on the right, click on it for larger version, Oil on canvas, 84,3*63 cm, no date, but the triumph of the 'Orientalisme' was around 1850/1870) and the slightly less photorealistic version B ("achat d'une esclave"). Note the similarities in the pose of almost everybody in both pictures.

It is worth pointing out the 'photorealistic' style of the '60, especially in Gérome.

The erotic potential of these pictures (especially for the prude end of the XIX century) shouldn't be underestimated either.

Other painters: Decamps, Marilhat (Gautier wrote about him that he had "une si grande force d'illusion que la réalité serait peut-être inférieure" :-), Delcaroix, Deutsch, Vernet, Fromentin, Chassériau (these last two painted 'à l'orientale' until almost 1900), Gleyre and, of course, Gérôme.

Some orientalist Bibliography:

Les peintres Pompiers - by James Harding. Flammarion, 1980

Orientalism in Art- by Christine Peltre. Abbeville Press Publishers, 1997

Orientalism-Delacroix to Klee- by Roger Benjamin. The Art Gallery of New South Wales. Distributed by Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Orientalist Painting- by P. and V. Berko. Editions Laconti, 1982.

Serpent of the Nile- by Wendy Buonaventura. Interlink Books, 1989.

Harem- The World behind the Veil- by Alev Lytle Croutier. Abbeville Press Publishers, 1989

The Orientalists, Painter-Travellers, 1828-1908- by Lynne Thornton. ACR Edition

The East, imagined, experienced, remembered : orientalist nineteenth century painting- by James Thompson

Charles Gleyre, 1806-1874- by William Hauptman

The Life and Work of Jean-Leon Gerome- by Gerald Ackerman

Victorian Painting- by Christopher Wood

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