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Jean-LÃ©on GÃ©rÃ´me's Carpet Merchant in Cairo, painted circa 1887 is characteristic of the artist's taste for fashioning highly dramatic and unorthodox historical images. A painter of the French Academy, GÃ©rÃ´me had a remarkable skill for rendering scenes from Classical antiquity as familiar, even modern. With a keen eye for subtle, disconcerting details, the artist, whose working life coincided with the invention of photography, was a paradoxically modern painter. Although reviled by the Realists and Impressionists of his day for supporting the old-world techniques of the Academy, GÃ©rÃ´me liked to concoct magical images of daily life that, with the benefit of hindsight, are comparable to cinematic or photographic scenes in their strangely lived artificiality. Since his death at the beginning of the nineteenth century many of his works have been widely circulated through photographic reproductions and have become iconic images in popular culture.
In his Carpet Merchant in Cairo, this rich Orientalist scene, the colorful turbans and the intricate filigree of the carpets scatter unusual combinations and contrasts of light and shade across the interior of the walls. Orientalism in art - the imitation of Middle Eastern life by European artists in nineteenth century Academic painting - was first forged in France after Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and Syria 1798-1801. The dramatic rise in archeological discoveries, as well as the establishment of national museums of world artefacts, caused many artists to become fascinated with the exotic world of the Orient. GÃ©rÃ´me made several journeys to Egypt, filling his notebook with reproductions of animals, architecture, Islamic calligraphy, and local characters. GÃ©rÃ´me's Orientalist paintings, like Carpet Merchant in Cairo, are a subtle departure from the work of his contemporaries — using photographs taken on his trips, the encyclopaedic notes from his travel sketchbooks, and using the fictional devices used to represent the world of the Orient — to create scenes that felt as familiar to contemporary viewers as his paintings on modern life.
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