This, was the first exhibition on the theme of Orientalism to be held in Australia and New Zealand. It looks at colours, shadows, contrasts, mysteries and unfamiliar faces and of the artists' views of the European encounter with the Islamic worlds of North Africa and the Middle East. Artists included are Delacroix, Gerome, Klee, Matisse, Ingres, Poynter, Alma-Tadama, and many more.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales
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This sumptuous catalogue accompanied an antipodean exhibition of European and Australian painters who made up the Orientalist school. With full colour reproductions of the exhibits, the text not only explores the content of the paintings and photographs, but also kicks off with some fascinating essays. Benjamin discusses the 'Oriental Mirage', the vision which visiting Westerners in the 19th century had of the so-called 'Orient', the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. He also discusses the increasing interest from native Middle Eastern collectors in this artistic movement, and there is an in-depth look at the work of Australian painters as Orientalists. With potted biographies, this book is an essential reference work on the subject, and the colour reproduction does justice to the intensely vivid works of art. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Roger Benjamin
Roger Benjamin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has been researching and teaching the history of French Orientalism since 1990.