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The Moorish Chief

Eduard Charlemont, Austrian, 1848 - 1906

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Oil on panel

59 1/8 × 38 1/2 inches (150.2 × 97.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 255, European Art 1850-1900, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 951

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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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