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One of the leading names of the Orientalist style of Academic Art in America, Edwin Lord Weeks not only had a prolific career, producing a large number of paintings based on his many travels to Marocco, Egypt, Persia, and India but had been academically trained by two very important Academic Art painters: Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat, under whose mentorship Weeks spent much of the time that was not otherwise occupied by traveling. Nonetheless, while the masters’ influence can be understood in the American artist’s style and technique, his choice of subject matter would tend more towards the picturesque, painting exquisite panoramas to serve as the backdrop for the exotic characters.
It is in that way that this oil on canvas departs from Weeks’ usual style since here there is a minimal background to the posing model so that the brown-skinned woman is the only focus of the composition, in a way that emulates the seductively exotic paintings of Gérôme. Such is the focus on the model that the only actual background provided by the artist is in the title itself, which informs the observer of the provenance and location of the beautiful woman. Without the title, the painting merely presents an eastern looking woman seductively laying on her side, with her robes just loose enough to reveal the curve of one of her breasts. It is interesting to note here that, differently from his masters, Weeks very rarely portrayed nudes, often preferring to paint his models in their traditional clothing.
What little background is given, nonetheless, creates a narrative for the scene. The damaged stucco wall behind her tells the story of her environment, while the embroidered covers on the bed she lays on relate her restricted level of affluence. As to the model herself, she looks away from the artist, with the expression of someone who is mildly entertained by her surroundings. She also bears many jewels, which seem to be made of silver, and a light dress that provides us with a sensation of the temperature. Thus, in a portrait with a simple composition, Weeks can relay a wealth of information about his experience of Marocco. The contrasts between the jewels and the impoverished surroundings, or between the embroidered cover and the light dress, create a world of sensations in the observers` mind, transporting them to the artist’s side as he paints.
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