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.