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Gérôme still scandalizes | Martin Kramer

Gérôme still scandalizes | Martin Kramer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Jean-Léon Gérôme’s ‘The Snake Charmer’ (made infamous by the cover of Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism’) has gone on display at London’s Royal Academy, and one reviewer is appalled: http://gu.com/p/38mge. Yeah, it’s Orientalism at its worst, but it’s not all Gérôme painted, and one of his works is on the cover of the Met’s new guidebook: http://goo.gl/prbCs. Painting’s strange history: http://goo.gl/Z88i8.

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Kramer on FB: Said out, Gérôme in

Kramer on FB: Said out, Gérôme in | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Edward Said denounced 19th-century artist Jean-Léon Gérôme by placing his ‘Snake Charmer’ on the cover of ‘Orientalism’ (http://goo.gl/j1ZZS). But of late, Gérôme has been getting his revenge. There was a big show at the Getty (‘A Pariah Gets His Day’ ran one headline, http://goo.gl/dNxCG). And now the rehab is complete: Gérôme’s ‘Bashi-Bazouk’ is on the cover of the Met’s new guidebook. Said out, Gérôme in.

 

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Ludwig Blum's Tomb of the Baal Hanes, 1927 | Martin Kramer

Ludwig Blum's Tomb of the Baal Hanes, 1927 | Martin Kramer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

So I bid on this painting at auction two weeks ago, and got left far behind. If I can’t own it, at least I can share it on Facebook. Ludwig Blum (http://goo.gl/NszZ9) painted the tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes, near Tiberias, in 1927. (Actually, he painted it several times and from different angles.) Not one of his major works, but it still went for $16k (including buyer’s premium). I don’t think I’ll ever own a Blum landscape...

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Kramer on FB: Jews in Orientalist art, on exhibit in Paris

Kramer on FB: Jews in Orientalist art, on exhibit in Paris | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Each year, there are one or two major exhibitions of Orientalist art, recycling familiar works in similar ways. So kudos to the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris. It’s got an original show: Jews in Orientalist art. Some of the themes are biblical, some are (mostly 19th-century) contemporary.

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