Friday, January 18, 2019

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 35

Maher Morcos, United States
The rug merchant
Oil on Canvas
48 H x 36 W x 1 in

A typical Egyptian gathering in the 19th century after the Friday prayer

Orientalism is a term that is used for the depiction of aspects in Middle Eastern cultures. It refers to the works of the Western artists on Oriental subjects, produced from their travels in Western Asia, during the 19th century. Depictions of Islamic "Moors" and "Turks" can be found in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. A creative apprehension of a completely different world with its own laws, customs, special attitude towards life and death, love, feelings, and beauty. Wikipedia/Yana Naumovna Lukashevskaya

Maher Morcos. From his evocative illumination of the female form, to the enchanting imagery of North America , Europe and the exotic mystery of the Middle East, resulting in the greatest masterpieces of our time... He holds two degrees. One in fine arts, and a degree in architecture. The Artist has also pursued his passionate dream of becoming an accomplished saxophone player.

Morcos has been widely published; won innumerable awards, and is represented in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world. He has clearly earned his position amongst the worlds most accomplished artists. More on Maher Morcos







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Sunday, January 13, 2019

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 34

Maher Morcos, United States
Sultan's delight
Oil on Canvas
 40 H x 55 W x 1 in

Orientalismis a term that is used for the depiction of aspects in Middle Eastern cultures. It refers to the works of the Western artists on Oriental subjects, produced from their travels in Western Asia, during the 19th century. Depictions of Islamic "Moors" and "Turks" can be found in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. A creative apprehension of a completely different world with its own laws, customs, special attitude towards life and death, love, feelings, and beauty. Wikipedia/Yana Naumovna Lukashevskaya

Maher Morcos. From his evocative illumination of the female form, to the enchanting imagery of North America , Europe and the exotic mystery of the Middle East, resulting in the greatest masterpieces of our time... He holds two degrees. One in fine arts, and a degree in architecture. The Artist has also pursued his passionate dream of becoming an accomplished saxophone player.

Morcos has been widely published; won innumerable awards, and is represented in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world. He has clearly earned his position amongst the worlds most accomplished artists. More on Maher Morcos



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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 33

Theodoros Ralli
Resting in a Greek Monastery
Oil on canvas
38 x 56 cm
Private collection

A pious young woman wearing colourful clothing, exhibiting human weakness by falling asleep within a cloistered monastery. A passing monk stares disapprovingly at her as several pass, wearing the heavy, sombre robes of their calling. Ralli (1852 - 1909). Sotheby’s, London 

Théodore Jacques Ralli or Theodorus Rallis (Constantinople, 16 February 1852 – 2 October 1909, Lausanne) was a Greek painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, who spent most of his working life in France and Egypt.

He painted genre works, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, interiors with figures and animals. But he is best known for his orientalist paintings.

He was sent to Paris under the patronage of King Otto of Greece and studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme, and under Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy, both known for their orientalist paintings.

Ralli then travelled widely in North Africa and the Middle East, settling for a while in Cairo, Egypt. Here he found his inspiration for the romantic mysticism and suggestive sensuality of his many orientalistic paintings. His paintings were elaborated with great attention to detail, with great attention to costumes and facial expressions. 


Rallis first exhibition was at the Salon in 1875. From 1879 he regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français, where he received an honourable mention in 1885, and a silver medal in 1889 for his whole work He exhibited his paintings in the Salon de Rouen (1897, 1903, 1906 and 1909) and also in Athens during the Olympic Games of 1896. He also served as a member of the competition jury in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle.In 1901 he became a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. More on Theodoros Rallis




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Saturday, December 1, 2018

02 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 32

Theodoros Rallis (1852-1909)
The Captive (Turkish Plunder), 1885
Oil on canvas
60 by 81.5cm., 23½ by 32in.
Private collection

Rallis painted this less than ten years after a Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The Turks' bashi-bazouk irregular soldiers were accused of many massacres and other atrocities, including seizing Bulgarian girls to be sold into harems. In this painting a young woman stands with her hands bound next to a pile of stolen valuables in a ruined Orthodox Christian church. Rallis painted a similar painting, Booty, about twenty years later (below).

Theodoros Rallis (1852-1909)
The Booty, circa 1905
Oil on canvas
Height: 133 cm (52.3 in); Width: 100 cm (39.3 in)
National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Greece

Théodore Jacques Ralli or Theodorus Rallis (Constantinople, 16 February 1852 – 2 October 1909, Lausanne) was a Greek painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, who spent most of his working life in France and Egypt.

He painted genre works, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, interiors with figures and animals. But he is best known for his orientalist paintings.

He was sent to Paris under the patronage of King Otto of Greece and studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme, and under Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy, both known for their orientalist paintings.


Ralli then travelled widely in North Africa and the Middle East, settling for a while in Cairo, Egypt. Here he found his inspiration for the romantic mysticism and suggestive sensuality of his many orientalistic paintings. His paintings were elaborated with great attention to detail, with great attention to costumes and facial expressions. 


Rallis first exhibition was at the Salon in 1875. From 1879 he regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français, where he received an honourable mention in 1885, and a silver medal in 1889 for his whole work He exhibited his paintings in the Salon de Rouen (1897, 1903, 1906 and 1909) and also in Athens during the Olympic Games of 1896. He also served as a member of the competition jury in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle.In 1901 he became a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. More on Theodoros Rallis



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Thursday, November 29, 2018

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 31

Alphonse Pellet, (French, 19th Century)
In the seraglio/ Harem Nude Bathing
Oil on canvas
59 x 39in (150 x 99cm)
Private collection


A seraglio or serail is the sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines in an Ottoman household. The term harem is a generic term for domestic spaces reserved for women in a Muslim family, which can also refer to the women themselves. The Ottoman imperial harem was known in Ottoman Turkish as Harem-i Hümâyûn. More on a seraglio


Louis-Alphonse Moreau was born in New Orleans, United States. Maureau, according to Edgar Degas' recommendation, participated in the Third Exhibition of Impressionists in 1877.

In 1881, Alphonse Maureau exhibited at the Hôtel Drouot. More on Louis-Alphonse Moreau 






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Saturday, November 17, 2018

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 24

François Schommer, (French,1850-1935)
The beautiful dancer, c. 1885
Oil on canvas
173 x 112 cm. (68.1 x 44.1 in.)
Private collection

François Schommer, born in Paris on November 20 , 1850 and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1935, was an academic painter, aquafortist and French decorator .

Schommer exhibited at the Paris Salons and at the Salons of French Artists from 1870 to 1935 2 , 1 . In 1878, he obtained the first prize of Rome with his canvas Caesar Augustus at the tomb of Alexander . He then received the silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889 , then at that of 1900. Appointed professor at the Paris School of Fine Artsin 1910 he became a member of the Institute in 1924.


He was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1890, before being promoted to Officer of the same order.


François Schommer is considered a great artist by the Mariani Album and by the Revue de l'Art which notes that Schommer is "a man of beautiful culture and whose friendships for half a century were among the elite of the academic art and Parisian society."


Schommer is best known as a painter of history , religious subjects and genre scenes . He also made watercolors , the drawings , the illustrations and decorations. He has decorated the ceilings of the new Sorbonne , the City Hall of Tours, the School of Fine Arts in Paris , and has made two panels - Alceste and Rodrigue - for the foyer of the Odeon Theater. in Paris 


He is buried in Paris at the Père-Lachaise cemetery. More on François Schommer







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Sunday, October 28, 2018

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 40

Otto Pilny, (Swiss artist; 1866-1936)
The Slave Market, c. 1910
Oil on canvas
520 x 347 mm, 20.5 x 13.6 in
Private collection

In an art historical context, Harem scenes depicted domestic spaces for the women in the Muslim societies, the males were only included in barbaric and sexual relations. This painting presents an unspecific Middle Eastern or North African setting in which a man inspects a nude, female slave. Women were depicted with a passive sexuality, while the men were depicted as violent and disrespectful towards women. More on this painting

Otto Pilny was a Swiss painter. He was born in 1866 in Budweis and died in 1936 in Zürich. He began his artistic education in Prague and lived in Vienna for a time before ultimately settling in Zurich. He travelled to Egypt twice, making his first visit in 1875 where he stayed for two years. He was so captivated by the landscape, people and their mores that he spent the rest of his career painting Orientalist works. He was particularly taken by the Bedouin customs and often travelled with them into the desert where he could sketch the evening entertainment which he would later use on his massive canvases. His second visit to the East was from 1889 to 1892. It was at this time that his work pleased the King of Egypt, Abbas II, and he was asked to decorate the order of the Medjidije. More Otto Pilny 




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