With some 150 paintings and sculptures, this major show presents the diverse images of the Islamic Orient, North Africa and the Middle East by almost 100 western European artists, starting with Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign (1798–1801) up to the early 20th century. Masterpieces by Ingres, Delacroix, Gérôme, Renoir, Sargent, Klee and Matisse present Orientalism as a diverse theme that transcends styles, artistic perspectives and national borders. Fascination with the Ottoman Empire had long existed since but the 19th century saw a greater mobility from which artists also profited. Their paintings and photographs fostered further tourism and shaped a particular image of the Orient. First seen at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels, the show continues at the Centre de la Vieille Charité in Marseille from May 27 to August 28, 2011.
Centre de la Vieille Charité