Orientalist Art

Editor's comments

    The images in this presentation were created in a time in which the world was very different, during the early to mid 19th century. They depict a style of life in which women were often kept as chattel. Many artists from Western Europe lived in Muslim North Africa and drew from their experiences. The art that resulted in many cases is not necessarily an accurate historical record of Muslim society, but greatly influenced the European perception of that culture.

    From a historical perspective, this genre of art  represents one of the earliest opportunities for artists to use new freedom of choice in subjects. Classical and religious themes or portraits of nobles were the predominate subjects prior to this time.

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