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Painted in 1894, this oil on canvas, which now rests in the hands of a private collector, is part of Gérôme’s series of paintings depicting the private life of the women composing the harems of Moorish grandees, which includes not only the highly sensual and fetishised bathing scenes, but also more candid moments such as this. The quotidian nature of the event, however, does not diminish in the least the artist’s attention to detail and expertise, even enhancing it to sublime levels.
In this scene, a group of women, their faces covered by white veils, takes a walk in a wide and lofty courtyard, while one of them feeds a sizeable flock of pigeons, with more birds joining the banquet at every turn. Gérôme pays attention to every woman in the group and, even though their faces are covered, making them difficult to be told apart, it is possible to see each as a different character, from the differences in their clothes to their posture and the way they carry themselves.
Closest to the center of the composition, the woman in blue feeding the birds seems to be more at ease than the others, and is the only one with an agency here, enjoying her day while her companions observe with variable amounts of interest. Still, their body language, clutching at the fabric of their clothes, speaks of discomfort.
Also observing is the guard, standing among them dressed in vivid red, his posture stoic and attentive. While the women’s clothes blend nicely with the color of their skins, complementing their natural beauty, the guard’s clothes clash with his dark skin, making it even more obvious. His posture, attire, and distance expose that in this situation he holds power, but not the authority.
But the main characters, aesthetically speaking, of the piece, are not human. Captured by Gérôme in a variety of states of flight, the pigeons not only occupy most of the canvas but provide the line of action which guides the observer’s eye. Flying in from the light into the shade for their meal, they are represented with a poetic flow. They are the bringers of the light which brightens the whole courtyard and its denizens, creating a mesh of light and shadows that covers everything in a subtle haze.
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