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Do you own any orientalist painting? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

The rise of orientalist painting

Orientalist painting grew rapidly in the 19th century, dealing with themes of the East as seen by Europeans. This trend appeared in the 18th century and then declined throughout the 20th century. The end of this artistic era is considered to have come at the time of Algeria’s independence in 1962. Its development can be drawn in parallel to the colonial expansion and the development of certain types of transport, such as the steamboat. Literature also took an interest in this theme.

The themes taken on by orientalist painters

The themes covered will be diverse and the interpretations very personal. Some painters like Jean-Léon Gérôme approached their subject matter in a fantastical way while others would treat it in a more realistic way. This period marks the beginning of the artists’ travels to this part of the world during scientific or military expeditions. Vivant Denon is considered to be the first orientalist thanks to his records during the Egypt Expedition with Napoleon Bonaparte.

Prosper Marilhat was one of the first painters to travel to the site of his artworks. Delacroix’s sketchbooks were to be of great help to him in the creation of his works. Eugène Fromentin studied his paintings meticulously. The vast majority of these works were produced in the painters’ studios when they returned to the West. Orientalist painting quickly turned into a great success at the Salons.

Recognising an orientalist painting

This type of painting was viewed as an opportunity to show the public a way of life (harem, desert, street, falcon hunting scene, scene of military conquest). In 1893, in order to promote the artform, the society of orientalist painters was created. At the beginning of the 20th century, the approach to such painting became more oriented towards ethnography.

The colours used are often warm and the canvases are bright. Hues of red, orange and brown are commonly found in such works. Techniques evolved throughout the 19th century.

Selling prices can be high

Orientalist paintings are nowadays sought after by art lovers. The prices in the auction room for these painters can be high for certain highly-prized artists.

How do we appraise your orientalist painting?

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