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The French painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845–1902), an alumnus of the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Toulouse, was famous for his romantic paintings of oriental subjects and events.
He is precise in his rendering of Middle Eastern/North African patterns and his depictions of both royal and civilian lives – of palaces, harems, marketplaces, homes – are vivid and detailed.
In the 19th-century, art of this sort was highly in demand among European audiences eager to get a glimpse of exotic conquered populations. Although still admired for their technical virtues, such Western portrayals of the East are now, by many, deemed somewhat patronising in effect and aim.
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The Arabian Nights is one of my favorite paintings. I enjoyed your post.
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I find that one particularly gorgeous!