Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Wikipedia [Public Domain]
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.

Read more about Benjamin-Constant on The Globe and Mail.

Check out some of his works:

 

The Odalisque, Wikimedia Commons [An odalisque is a female slave of concubine in a harem.]
The Odalisque, Wikimedia Commons [An odalisque is a female slave or concubine in a harem.]

 

An Odalisque in a Harem, Wikimedia Commons
An Odalisque in a Harem, Wikimedia Commons

 

Favourite of the Emir, Wikimedia Commons

 

The Arabian Nights, Wikimedia Commons

 

Evening on the Terrace (Morocco), Wikimedia Commons
Evening on the Terrace (Morocco), Wikimedia Commons

 

Palace Guard with Two Leopards, Wikimedia Commons

 

La Danse du foulard, Wikimedia Commons
La Danse du foulard, Wikimedia Commons

 

The Entry of Mahomet II into Constantinople, Wikimedia Commons
The Entry of Mahomet II into Constantinople, Wikimedia Commons

 

In the Sultan's Palace, Wikimedia Commons
In the Sultan’s Palace, Wikimedia Commons

 

Further Reading:

The Orientalists: Painter-Travellers (2009) by Lynne Thornton

Benjamin-Constant: Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism (2015) by Nathalie Bondil

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s