Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism, and French North Africa, 1880-1930 / Edition 1

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Lavishly illustrated with exotic images ranging from Renoir's forgotten Algerian oeuvre to the abstract vision of Matisse's Morocco and beyond, this book is the first history of Orientalist art during the period of high modernism. Roger Benjamin, drawing on a decade of research in untapped archives, introduces many unfamiliar paintings, posters, miniatures, and panoramas and discovers an art movement closely bound to French colonial expansion. Orientalist Aesthetics approaches the visual culture of exoticism by ranging across the decorative arts, colonial museums, traveling scholarships, and art criticism in the Salons of Paris and Algiers. Benjamin's rediscovery of the important Society of French Orientalist Painters provides a critical context for understanding a lush body of work, including that of indigenous Algerian artists never before discussed in English.

The painter-critic Eugène Fromentin tackled the unfamiliar atmospheric conditions of the desert, Etienne Dinet sought a more truthful mode of ethnographic painting by converting to Islam, and Mohammed Racim melded the Persian miniature with Western perspective. Benjamin considers armchair Orientalists concocting dreams from studio bric-à-brac, naturalists who spent years living in the oases of the Sahara, and Fauve and Cubist travelers who transposed the discoveries of the Parisian Salons to create decors of indigenous figures and tropical plants. The network that linked these artists with writers and museum curators was influenced by a complex web of tourism, rapid travel across the Mediterranean, and the march of modernity into a colonized culture. Orientalist Aesthetics shows how colonial policy affected aesthetics, how Europeans visualized cultural difference, and how indigenous artists in turn manipulated Western visual languages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520222175
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 373
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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Roger Benjamin has been appointed Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney. He is author of Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee (1997), Matisse's "Notes of a Painter": Criticism, Theory, and Context (1987), the forthcoming title, Renoir and Algeria, and winner of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize of the CAA for his article "The Decorative Landscape, Fauvism, and the Arabesque of Observation" (1993).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Orient or France? Nineteenth-Century Debates 11
2 Renoir and Impressionist Orientalism 33
3 A Society for Orientalists 57
4 Orientalists in the Public Eye 79
5 Colonial Panoramania 105
6 Traveling Scholarships and the Academic Exotic 129
7 Matisse and Modernist Orientalism 159
8 Advancing the Indigenous Decorative Arts 191
9 Mammeri and Racim, Painters of the Maghreb 221
10 Colonial Museology in Algiers 249
Conclusion 275
Notes 283
Selected Bibliography 325
Index 337
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