Orientalist Journeys: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830-1920 by James ParryOrientalist Journeys: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830-1920 by James Parry

Orientalist Journeys: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830-1920

byJames Parry

Hardcover | October 24, 2017

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In one of the most remarkable artistic pilgrimages in history, the nineteenth century saw scores of Western artists heading to the Middle East. Inspired by the allure of the exotic Orient, they went in search of subjects for their paintings. Orientalist Lives looks at what led thissurprisingly diverse and idiosyncratic group of men - and some women - to often remote and potentially dangerous locations, from Morocco to Egypt, the Levant, and Turkey. There they lived, worked, and traveled for weeks or months on end, gathering material with which to create art for their clientsback in the drawing-rooms of Boston, London, and Paris. Based on his research in museums, libraries, archives, galleries, and private collections across the world, James Parry traces these journeys of cultural and artistic discovery. From the early pioneer David Roberts through the heyday of leading stars such as Jean-Leon Gerome and Frederick ArthurBridgman, to Orientalism's post-1900 decline, he describes how these traveling artists prepared for their expeditions, coped with working in unfamiliar and challenging surroundings, engaged with local people, and then took home to their studios the memories, sketches, and collections of artifactsnecessary to create the works for which their audiences clamored. Excerpts from letters and diaries, including little-known accounts and previously unpublished material, as well as photographs, sketches, and other original illustrations, bring alive the impressions, experiences, and careers of the Orientalists and shed light on how they created what are now onceagain recognized as masterpieces of art.

About The Author

James Parry is a writer and lecturer on the art, architecture, and history of the Middle East. He has worked in many countries across the region and for a wide range of publications and heritage organizations. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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Title:Orientalist Journeys: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830-1920Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.5 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774168356

ISBN - 13:9789774168352

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