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.



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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