European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Moorish Chief
Eduard Charlemont, Austrian, 1848 - 1906
Oil on panel
Cat. 951John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
Standing in front of an arch that closely resembles the architecture of the Alhambra in Spain, the Moorish chief exudes power and mystery. This painting was probably shown at the Paris Salon exhibition of 1878 with the title Le Gardien du serail (The Harem Guard).
Charlemont was a Viennese artist known primarily for his nudes and portraits. While this subject was unusual for him, it was very popular in Europe at the time.
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