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A serial consideration of Delacroix’s Femmes d’Alger

February 19, 2017

Eugène DelacroixThe Women of Algiers, 1834. Collection of the Louvre.

Image courtesy of artsy via Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Delacroix is one of the most famous artists infatuated with Orientalist subject matter, perhaps due to his large output of more than 80 completed oil paintings in his lifetime with this focus.

His 1834 painting (now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris) Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement, offers the artist’s presentation of a lush women’s quarters in a Muslim residence in Algeria. This painting has been held in the highest regard by artists in subsequent generations, most notably Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, and more recently by Jose Dávila.

As a collection it becomes apparent that Delacroix’s inspired and exotic memories are memorialized as artworks, yet abstracted, reimagined, reinterpreted and viewed again through each modern lens, today most notable as entire areas are removed from our collective memory entirely, re-presented to the viewer as the absence reminds us not to forget our past.

Enjoy a presentation of these artworks here, and for further reading, enjoy Abigail Cain’s informative recount of each work here on artsy.

Roy LichtensteinFemme d’Alger, 1963.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Collection. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; Image courtesy of The Broad

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Women of Algiers), 1955

Image courtesy of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955

Photographed by AFP/Andrew Burton. Image via Christie’s and NRC.nl

Jose DávilaUntitled (Femme d’Alger) IV, 2016. Archival pigment print, edition of 1 with 1 AP, 68 1/8” X 59 1/16” (paper)

© Jose Dávila. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

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