Orientalist painting refers to the depiction of people or places in Turkey, Greece, North Africa and the Middle East by painters from the West. It quickly gained popularity in the 19th century with both art collectors and critics.
The catalyst for Orientalism was Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798, which stirred up considerable interest in the area and its culture. As a result a number of painters (mostly French) took to visiting North Africa, the Levant and the Middle East, where they produced a variety of genre painting and studies of everyday life - set against the backdrop of mosques, bazaars, souks and other public places.
We have a number of Orientalist works in stock at the moment, some of which are shown below. All works are for sale. We have many other great artworks of a similar theme that space does not permit us to show here, so if you are interested in this genre please do not hesitate to contact us.