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1001 Faces of Orientalism

1001 Faces of Orientalism | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL / S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) explores the 1001 faces of Orientalism with its new exhibition. “1001 Faces of Orientalism” will be open to visitors at SSM until 11 August 2013.
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Invitation to Consign: 19th Century European Art - Christie's

Christie'sInvitation to Consign: 19th Century European ArtChristie'sOur recent sale in London in June achieved £5071100 and attracted international clients from over 20 countries on six continents, showing once again the high interest in...
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L'Orient rêvé des peintres | Le Figaro

L'Orient rêvé des peintres | Le Figaro | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Trois ventes de tableaux orientalistes et d'objets d'art islamique se succèdent à Paris.

 

Ils y ont découvert la lumière et la liberté qu'ils n'avaient pas chez eux. Fin XIXe siècle en Orient, la palette des peintres occidentaux s'est transfigurée. Étienne Dinet, Jacques Majorelle, Maurice Bompard, mais aussi Frédérick Arthur Bridgman, Germain Fabius Brest, Marcelle Ackein, très rare femme peintre de l'époque, et bien d'autres de leurs contemporains sont à l'affiche de trois ventes à Paris: chez Tajan ce jeudi, chez Millon le 4 juin, qui fait par ailleurs la part belle aux objets d'art islamique, et enfin, chez Artcurial le 5 juin....

 

Depuis les années 1990, cette peinture a retrouvé ses lettres de noblesses», dit Linda Nataf-Goldman. «Ces cinq dernières années, de nombreuses institutions se sont créées au Maroc, au Qatar, à Bahreïn, en Arabie saoudite, renchérit Olivier Berman. Des collectionneurs originaires d'Amérique du Sud se manifestent pour cette peinture très gaie et très décorative.» Selon l'expert de chez Tajan, il faut compter aussi avec les pieds-noirs fortunés, qui retrouvent dans ces tableaux le Maroc ou l'Algérie de leur enfance que leur mémoire a sublimée.

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Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman | NPR

Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman | NPR | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Orphaned at age five from a musical family, French composer Félicien-César David had a religious upbringing, and would go to study at the Paris Conservatory in 1830. But he left after eighteen months, later making his way to Egypt, where music of the East would make a lasting impression on him.

 

David wrote a significant body of work, including a highly acclaimed and innovative symphonic ode Le Désert in 1844. It established him as the first French romantic orientalist and gained him a reputation throughout the continent.

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RELEASE: 19th Century European Art including Orientalist Paintings - London, 12 June 2012 | Christie's

RELEASE: 19th Century European Art including Orientalist Paintings - London, 12 June 2012 | Christie's | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

A strong Orientalist category is led by works from the Sursock collection, which includes paintings and watercolours by artists such as John Frederick Lewis, David Roberts and, in particular, three canvases by the leading American artist in this genre, Edwin Lord Weeks (1849 – 1903). These works were influenced by Weeks’ travels across the Indian sub-continent; painted in a realist style, they highlight the artist’s interest in the minutiae of modern life as he encountered it on his travels, resulting in a sense of light and painterly realism unparalleled among his orientalist contemporaries. A Street in Jodphur, India, illustrated above, is estimated at £80,000-120,000, The Fort of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, is estimated at £200,000-300,000 and Persian Horse Dealer, Bombay, is estimated at £150,000-200,000.

 

• LONDON, 12 JUNE 2012

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Exhibition: Marius Bauer in Turkey (Grote of Sint Janskerk, Schiedam) | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Exhibition: Marius Bauer in Turkey (Grote of Sint Janskerk, Schiedam) | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will organize the exhibition entitled Marius Bauer in Turkey in the Grote of Sint Janskerk (Great or Saint John church). Bauer made several journeys through Turkey and was a great admirer of Turkish culture. With drawings, etchings, watercolours, oil paintings and letters, the Marius Bauer in Turkey exhibition takes the visitor on Bauer’s travels through Turkey. Bauer arrived for the first time in Istanbul by boat in 1888. He disembarked and was immediately captivated by the life, the culture and the industriousness that he encountered there. Narrow streets, markets, bazaars and intimate sightlines, full of people engaged in everyday activities: playing music, trading wares, or on their way to or from the mosque. This resulted in a large number of sketches and drawings that formed the starting point of a great quantity of work when he returned to the Netherlands.

 

The exhibition is laid out in accordance with the travels and walks that Bauer undertook in Turkey, especially in Istanbul. Visitors can discover what Bauer saw, via the themes of Harbour Views, Cityscapes, Street Life, Bazaars and Markets, Music and Dance, Mosques, Evening Atmosphere, The Sultan and his Retinue, Figures, and A Thousand and One Nights. Each of these themes contains works realized with different techniques and materials, produced on various dates. The exhibition expresses Bauer’s fascination with life in Turkey at the turn of the 20th century, which he attempted to capture in an occasionally almost romanticized and fairytale manner.

 

• The exhibition will open on 16 March – the date on which Cornelis Haga set out for Turkey – and will end on 6 July 2012.

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Exhibition: Artist Lalla Essaydi challenges stereotypes of women in Islamic cultures | Washington Post

Exhibition: Artist Lalla Essaydi challenges stereotypes of women in Islamic cultures | Washington Post | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

In the early 1990s, Lalla Essaydi returned to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. It was in an art history class that she first encountered Western artists’ fantasies of life in a harem. “My fascination started then and there,” she says.

 

Those paintings included Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s iconic “The Great Odalisque,” which was painted in 1819. Other works that intrigued Essaydi were those by Jean-Leon Gerome, Frederic Leighton, John Singer Sargent and Eugene Delacroix, who painted “Algerian Women in Their Apartment” in 1834, showing Arab women as slaves in an exotic harem.

 

Essaydi thought the Orientalist paintings were exquisitely done, “but so problematic. They were small paintings used like Playboy magazine. It was easy to take them one place or another or to hide them in private places.” The women, she says, were “never seen as human beings on their own.” The paintings led Essaydi to start an “investigation in Orientalism” and of the way Arab women were depicted by Western artists.

 

• Lalla Essaydi: Revisions

May 9-Feb. 24, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-4600. www.nmafa.si.edu.

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Orientalist Masterpieces Sale has Unexpected Result | Epoch Times

Orientalist Masterpieces Sale has Unexpected Result | Epoch Times | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Sometimes the hype is bigger than the market. While “The Scholar,” by Osman Hamdy Bey (1842–1910), was the leading Orientalist masterpiece—estimated at $5 million to $8 million—in a recent Sotheby’s auction, the work didn’t sell. “Great works by Hamdy Bey are exceptionally rare, with the added fascination that they provide a Turk’s, rather than an outsider’s, interpretation of life in the region,” said Claude Piening, head of Sotheby’s Orientalist paintings department in the pre-sale press release. That fascination apparently wasn’t enough.

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Exhibition: 100 years of Baalbek in photographs | Daily Star

Exhibition: 100 years of Baalbek in photographs | Daily Star | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

BEIRUT: Exhibitions of Orientalist art of the Ottoman Middle East invariably include photos of the pillars of Baalbek. Usually springing from the imaginations of wandering European and American artists rather than their Ottoman counterparts, these works juxtapose colossal Roman-era architecture with the minute human figures who inherited the landscape from the departed Romans.

 

“Memories of Baalbek and its Environs,” an exhibition of photos and paintings from this region dating from 1843 to 1943, is replete with such images. To its credit, the show, up at Unesco Palace until Sunday, also includes photos of contemporary vernacular architecture.

 

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Masterpiece by Russian Artist Ivan Aivazovsky - A View of Constantinople - Sells for Record £3.2 Million | UKauctionnews

Masterpiece by Russian Artist Ivan Aivazovsky - A View of Constantinople - Sells for Record £3.2 Million | UKauctionnews | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL, 2012 --- A record for the artist at auction was established at Sotheby’s in London when Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky’s View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus sold for £3,233,250 / $5,215,556 to an anonymous buyer on the telephone, following spirited bidding from at least five bidders in the saleroom and on the telephones. The painting was the top lot in today’s Orientalist Sale, an auction comprising 33 lots showcasing paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa.

 

Estimated at £1.2 – 1.8 million, the Russian masterpiece is one of the artist’s most spectacular paintings and a tour de force in its evocation of light and atmosphere. Aivazovsky first visited Constantinople in 1845 as part of his duties as official painter to the Russian Admiralty. Completed in 1856, View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus celebrates the beauty and dynamism of a busy port, with the Nusretiye Mosque – an important landmark for navigation of the Bosphorus – to the right of the painting.

 

The Orientalist Sale achieved a total of £5,586,000 / $9,010,777.

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Egyptian Collector Shafik Gabr and Orientalist Artwork | Art & Antiques Magazine

Egyptian Collector Shafik Gabr and Orientalist Artwork | Art & Antiques Magazine | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Gabr’s collection—which will be published in May as Masterpieces of Orientalist Art by A.C.R. Edition, Paris—focuses specifically on artists who actually visited the Middle East. “I have shied away from armchair painters, who stayed in the comfort of their own homes, working just from imagination,” he says. Part of the ongoing critique of Orientalism is that certain painters produced works based on fantasy, and that is true of some of the artists, whose works range from the erotically voyeuristic (the notorious “harem” sub-genre) to the downright erroneous. The Gabr collection, however, is long on historic, topographical and ethnic realism. “I only have a few harem scenes,” he says. “I always choose paintings I can relate to, and each must tell a story.”

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Conférence: L'Histoire de l'Orientalisme à travers la peinture | Institut Français de Tripoli

Conférence: L'Histoire de l'Orientalisme à travers la peinture | Institut Français de Tripoli | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Conférence de Mme Roula Zobiane, Professeur à l'Université Libanaise. 

 

• Du 19/04/2012 18:00 Au 19/04/2012 19:00

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Millon & Associés: ARTS D'ORIENT ET ORIENTALISME

Millon & Associés: ARTS D'ORIENT ET ORIENTALISME | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it
Millon & Associés - Société de ventes aux enchères Paris Drouot - Auction House for fine art and antiques

 

Lundi 03 juin à 14h00
Paris Hôtel Drouot - Salle 5

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Christie's in Paris to offer an important private collection of Orientalist art on 20 June

Christie's in Paris to offer an important private collection of Orientalist art on 20 June | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it
a href= http://www.christies.com target= _blank Christie’s /a will offer an outstanding collection of Orientalist Art at auction, which will
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Engravings from the Ferriol Collection | Pera Müzesi Blog

Engravings from the Ferriol Collection | Pera Müzesi Blog | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

A selection of engravings has been exquisitely reproduced from the Ferriol Collection, a beautiful book of engravings by Jean-Baptiste Vanmour which belongs to the library of the İstanbul Research Institute. These reproductions are now available for purchase through the Pera Museum Artshop. Measuring 42 x 32 cm, these would make a fine addition to anyone’s collection.

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Livre: Laurence Brogniez (dir.), Écrits voyageurs. Les artistes et l'ailleurs | Fabula

Livre: Laurence Brogniez (dir.), Écrits voyageurs. Les artistes et l'ailleurs | Fabula | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Écrits voyageurs. Les artistes et l'ailleurs
Sous la direction de Laurence Brogniez
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien : Peter Lang, coll. "Comparatisme et société", 2012.
223 p.
Prix : 33EUR.
EAN : 9789052018652.


Présentation de l'éditeur :
Le voyage est très souvent l’occasion d’un passage à l’écriture pour le peintre, qui tient un journal, rédige des lettres, envoie des correspondances à un périodique ou jette sur le papier des notes accompagnées de croquis. Comme si le déplacement, le décentrement, la confrontation avec l’Autre engageait l’artiste à explorer d’autres ressources expressives pour dire l’expérience de l’inconnu. Quitter son lieu d’origine, abandonner temporairement son identité sociale, laisser derrière soi ses certitudes et ses routines pour se confronter à l’ailleurs génère un dépaysement qui invite à une réflexion sur soi et sur sa pratique.


Itinéraires, destinations, choses vues, sensations inédites : lire des récits de voyage, c’est se préparer à des surprises. L’avantage que nous avons, lecteurs actuels des écrits des artistes du passé en voyage, c’est de connaître ces moments privilégiés à travers leur écriture. Double profit : découvrir des lieux, des instants, des dizaines de petites et grandes choses de « l’ailleurs », et découvrir l’écriture qui les a transmis. Les surprises viennent non seulement des premiers, racontés, décrits, évoqués, mais aussi de ces écrits, qui ne sont généralement pas banals. Le présent ouvrage revient sur quelques peintres-écrivains marquants des deux siècles passés, mais aussi sur leurs « héritiers » – des auteurs de bande dessinée – pour porter des éclairages nouveaux sur leurs « écrits viatiques », mais il propose en plus de nouveaux et nombreux documents, et oriente vers d’autres encore inédits, en particulier dans les domaines francophones, belge et français, jusqu’à nos jours.


Laurence Brogniez est professeur à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, où elle enseigne l’histoire littéraire (XIXe siècle) et la littérature comparée. Depuis 2005, elle anime le site « Pictoriana » (www.pictoriana.be), consacré aux écrits d’artistes belges, et préside le groupe de recherche F.N.R.S « Ecrits d’artistes ».

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Arts d'Orient et orientalisme LUNDI 4 JUIN 2012 | Millon & Associés

Arts d'Orient et orientalisme LUNDI 4 JUIN 2012 | Millon & Associés | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Depuis 2009 et l’intervention de l’expert Lucien ARCACHE, le Département ARTS d’ORIENT & ORIENTALISME de la Maison de ventes aux enchères MILLON connaît une croissance certaine, notamment avec une augmentation de 15% en 2011 et plus de 2 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaire.

 

Acteur majeur du marché des Arts d’Orient, MILLON et Lucien ARCACHE présenteront le 4 juin prochain près de 300 objets et 100 tableaux et sculptures, dont nous proposons ici une sélection.

 

• LUNDI 4 JUIN 2012 À 14H00
• Drouot - Richelieu - Salle 5

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BOUGUEREAU AT SOTHEBY’S | artnet Magazine

BOUGUEREAU AT SOTHEBY’S | artnet Magazine | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

The 19th-century French pompier William Adolphe Bouguereau, once again beloved after falling out of favor in the modernist era, came out on top at Sotheby’s New York auction of 19th-century European art on May 4, 2012 (just as he had at Christie’s New York sale the week before).

 

Bouguereau’s L'Orientale a la Grenade (1875), a simple 24 x 18 in. portrait of a turbaned young woman peeling a pomegranate -- an Orientalist subject likely inspired by artifacts and second-hand reports, since the artist never traveled to the Middle East -- sold for $2.3 million, considerably more than its $700,000 presale high estimate. The picture was once in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago (from 1900 to 1907) and most recently hung on loan on the walls of the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum

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Catalogue: Vente N° 2176 - Orientalisme | Artcurial

Catalogue: Vente N° 2176 - Orientalisme | Artcurial | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

INFOS VENTE
Vente : 2176
Lieu : Artcurial
Date : 5 juin 2012 20:00

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The Orientalist Connector: Egyptian entrepreneur Shafik Gabr reveals his vast collection | The Majalla

The Orientalist Connector: Egyptian entrepreneur Shafik Gabr reveals his vast collection | The Majalla | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Orientalist art buyers, many of them ‘Orientals’ themselves, are aware that it is much more than a repository of pictorial memories, precious as those are. As the region invests in museums, art institutions and art education, Orientalism is increasingly perceived as a valuable part of the region’s heritage. An invitation to Cairo to meet Shafik Gabr, business entrepreneur and art collector, was a tempting one. His collection of museum-quality Orientalist art is the most complete private collection in the world today. He uses his wealth for philanthropic purposes, as well as to expand his Orientalist collection, most of which is hung at his palatial villa in Mokattam Hills above Cairo.

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Opera review: ‘Nabucco’ at the Washington National Opera | The Washington Post

Opera review: ‘Nabucco’ at the Washington National Opera | The Washington Post | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Golden lions and floral embellishments parade across a lapis-blue ground, while women in white robes lounge in honey-colored light. This could be a description of a painting by Delacroix or Gerome, masters of 19th-century Orientalism. But it also describes the hand-painted set flats and costumes of Verdi’s “Nabucco” in its new production at the Washington National Opera, which opened Saturday night.

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Odalisque's Exit | ZCZ for Channel 4

Odalisque's Exit

 

The starting point for this film was an art history book in the University of Kuwait that Vanessa Hodgkinson discovered whilst studying Arabic. In this book, on Orientalist art owned by a Saudi collector, all the figurative images had been censored with a black marker pen, making the images more provocative than they were in their original state of reproduction.


In Odalisque's Exit, this act of censoring is paralleled with a performance in which the model recreates poses of these paintings, but removes herself from the scene in a bawdily comic, if uncomfortable fashion. In so doing the idea is to place the action of removal of the body within the work, not outside of it.


The soundtrack is a tradional Turkish song 'Uska Dara' sung by Eartha Kitt in the early 1960s.

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Orientalism, Auction 5 June 2012 | Artcurial

Orientalism, Auction 5 June 2012 | Artcurial | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

A Collector’s Dream…
FIVE world records inside two years! World leader in the field in 2011 with total sales of €5m! One of the most dynamic departments at Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan! And an upcoming sale with 10 works by Majorelle… Artcurial’s Orientalist department, launched four years ago by François Tajan and directed by Olivier Berman, continues to go from strength to strength.
The next sale will include 50 works, has an overall estimate of €3-4 million, and will showcase an ensemble of 10 paintings by Majorelle.

The sale consists of two separate catalogues:
Majorelle & His Contemporaries
Light of the Orient
consisting of several private collections
A Collector’s Dream!

 

Rêves de collectionneurs ...
5 records du monde en 2 ans, une première place mondiale dans la spécialité en 2011 (5 millions de CA), un des départements les plus dynamiques chez Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan, et une prochaine vente avec 10 œuvres de Majorelle… le département orientaliste crée il y a 4 ans par François Tajan et dirigé par Olivier Berman enchaine les succès.

La prochaine vacation réunira 50 tableaux pour une estimation de 3 à 4 millions d’euros, avec notamment un ensemble de 10 tableaux de Majorelle.

La vente comprendra deux catalogues :
« Majorelle et ses contemporains »
« Lumières d’Orient »
composée de plusieurs collections privées.
Un rêve pour les collectionneurs.

 

SALE INFOS
Sale : 2176
Location: Artcurial
Date: 5 June 2012
EXHIBITION
3-4 June 2012, 11am-7pm
5 June 2012, 11am-5pm
Artcurial
7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées
75008 Paris

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Prochainement: Exposition: Delacroix et l’aube de l’Orientalisme | Parisinfo

Prochainement: Exposition: Delacroix et l’aube de l’Orientalisme | Parisinfo | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

Cet automne, le Domaine de Chantilly vous propose une exposition autour de Delacroix et la peinture orientaliste. Dans ses collections, le musée Condé de Chantilly possède de nombreuses toiles orientalistes : 22 toiles, une centaine de dessins. Delacroix est quant à lui bien représenté au musée grâce notamment à son album de voyage au Maroc.

 

L'exposition, présentée dans la salle du Jeu de Paume, s'intéresse aux débuts de ce mouvement pictural, notamment durant la Monarchie de Juillet, régime de Louis Philippe, qui correspond à la période du père du duc d'Aumale.

 

• Du lundi 1 octobre 2012 au jeudi 31 janvier 2013

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Un détournement de sens : les Juifs dans l’orientalisme | Amateur d'art

Un détournement de sens : les Juifs dans l’orientalisme | Amateur d'art | The Orientalist Feed | Scoop.it

L'exposition du Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (jusqu'au 8 juillet), dont le titre "Les Juifs dans l'orientalisme" promet beaucoup, n'en tient guère les promesses.

 

D'abord parce que la moitié de l'exposition, si elle a bien sûr à voir avec les Juifs, n'a rien à voir avec l'orientalisme. Qu'une partie de l'exposition soit consacrée aux artistes juifs en Palestine avant la création d'Israël (dont l'ineffable Reuven Rubin), très bien, il y aurait beaucoup à dire sur le regard que ces immigrés d'Europe portaient sur les paysages et les indigènes (mais le discours critique qu'il faudrait alors avoir aurait du mal à trouver sa place ici, face aux mythes glorificateurs); mais on se trouve là dans une logique bien différente de celle des Français ou des Anglais en voyage, le discours tourne autour de la création d'un foyer, puis d'un état juif....

 

Qu'une autre partie de l'exposition soit dévolue à des artistes juifs européens traitant de l'histoire juive, très bien, mais là encore, rien à voir avec le sujet : peinture à programme politique et/ou religieux, mais là aussi plus en rapport avec l'idéologie proto-sioniste qu'avec l'orientalisme...

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