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Real and Imaginary Depictions of the Orient: a Matter of Gazes

Exhibition of the Oriental work of Delacroix at Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.

From 11/01/2018 to 02/04/2018

The representation of women in art has undergone numerous changes throughout the long history of art. While the Italian classical painters often depicted women as immaculate figures with divine-like beauty and peaceful temperaments, the French Impressionists and Realists were more interested in depicting their low statures in nineteenth century society as courtesans and prostitutes. 

Eugene Delacroix's trip to the Orient and the paintings he produced from real and imagined scenes provided a fresh way of representing women in art. His famous 'Algerian Women In Their Apartment' (1934), for example, depicts Algerian women lounging in their most natural state in an intimate setting where they can finally just be themselves without worrying about societal expectations.

This perspective of women in art is undoubtedly as resonant now as it was back then. Women still have to conform to certain societal norms which limit the expression of their individuality. Accordingly, the Lilian Thuram Foundation in conjuction with the Musee Eugene Delacroix, is having an exhibition of the Oriental work of Delacroix to explore the representation of women in art and timely lessons we can draw from it that are poignant in the contemporary world.

Organized by:

Françoise Vergès, Dominique de Font-Réaulx and Lilian Thuram. 

Address :

Musée National Eugène-Delacroix

6 rue de Furstenberg

75006 Paris

Contact : +33 (0)1 44 41 86 50

Price : €7

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