The Moorish Chief, 1878

 

A painting by the Austrian Eduard Charlemont, 1848-1906, popular now as in 1878 when (it is believed) he showed it at the Paris Salon. 

One of a genre of paintings which flattered the romantic view of  ‘the Orient’ held by many Europeans, particularly the French,  which comforted  and, to some extent, camouflaged their colonial misadventures.

 

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The  Moorish Chief (originally The Guardian of the Seraglio), 1878; oil on panel.  Eduard Charlemont, 1848-1906; Austrian.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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