The Moorish Chief
One interest in romanticist painting in the early 19th century was in exotic subject matter. Europeans had been fascinated with Islamic peoples since early Christian times, and had traded with Islamic countries. Their knowledge of the various Islamic cultures was about as deep as was the knowledge early 19th century American artists had of native American cultures they painted. The paintings were really just meant to appeal to people's taste for the exotic rather than give an accurate depiction of the culture.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Charlemont, Eduard
Artist Dates: 1848-1906
Period: 19th century
Medium: oil on wood panel
Size: 150.2 x 97.8 cm
Subject: Figure, Male
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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