Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Art and the Egyptian Women - 1847

Emile Vernet Lecomte (French 1821-1900) 
A Young Egyptian (Aimee)
Medium: Oil on Canvas 
Size: 51 3/8 x 34 5/8in (130.5x88cm)

Emile Lecomte-Vernet, born Charles Émile Hippolyte Lecomte, is from a family of famous painters. He began by painting portraits of the wealthy bourgeoisie and the aristocracy . It begins at the Paris Salon in 1843 where he received a bronze medal. Very quickly, he developed a taste for orientalism. His first paintings on this theme are exhibited at the Salon of 1847 ( Syrian head and Syrian woman ) and he produced numerous portraits of Oriental women. News of his time did not leave him indifferent either and so he painted pictures with subject the Crimean War (1853-1855) or the massacre of the Maronites by the Druze in Syria in 1860-1861. More