A EUNUCH’S DREAM
Fine Art Giclée Print
Original Works: Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ, 1874
Co-created and published by PINEAPPLE GALLERY
This largely forgotten nineteenth-century French academic artist, who lived from 1842 until 1923, and was once a well-known orientalist, classicist, portraitist, and history painter.
“Orientalist Painting” refers to the depiction of people or places in present-day Greece, Turkey, North Africa or the Middle East, by painters from the West.
The catalyst for this Orientalism was Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798, which stirred up considerable interest in the area and its culture. As a result a number of painters (mostly French) took to visiting North Africa, the Levant and the Middle East, producing a variety of genre painting and studies of everyday life – set against the backdrop of mosques, bazaars, souks and other public places.
The mirage of opium smoke wafting from a pipe in The Dream of a Eunuch, a signature orientalist painting by Jean. He was strongly influenced by the works and teachings of Charles Gleyre and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Lecomte du Nouÿ found inspiration for his art through extensive travels to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Romania and Italy.
Lecomte du Nouÿ is known for remaining faithful to his detailed, realistic style throughout the extent of his career, despite the onset of the Impressionist, His work is said to have contributed significantly to the establishment of an iconic repertoire representing the Orient in the nineteenth century. A Parisian street was named after him in 1932.
Jean-Jules-Antoine was a prominent figure within the academic art scene and stuck to a rule-based artistic style of well-developed skill and formal composition.
The artistic composition of Lecomte du Nouy’s paintings often complemented by the use of half-light, which adds a beautiful and melancholic quality to his work and which often feels ‘other worldly.’
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