Previous Next

Viennese school; second half of the 19th century

Auction Lot 35307931
Viennese school; second half of the 19th century.
"Arab woman".
Polychrome terracotta.
Measurements: 38 x 27 x 16 cm.

Estimated Value : 800 - 1,000 €

Enter the numeric amount of your offer.
Remember that a fee will be added, 21% as commission and the corresponding VAT on this commission.


Viennese school; second half of the 19th century.
"Arab Woman".
Polychrome terracotta.
Measures: 38 x 27 x 16 cm.
This figure represents an odalisque, a slave girl belonging to the Ottoman Empire, who established herself as an apprentice or assistant to the sultan's concubines and wives, and who could later attain this social position. Most odalisques were part of the sultan's imperial harem. The representation of this type of woman in the West was a recurring theme throughout the 19th century.
The Middle East will be the new discovery. Starting with Ingres' beautiful and unattainable odalisques, with such pale skin and elegant gestures that they always lead one to think of a captive Christian princess, never an Arab woman, the various pictorial schools developed a whole new iconography that sought to recreate in a fantastic way - since nothing is known of the East - a world forbidden to Westerners and full of attractions. Painters such as the French painters Bouguereau and Giraud recreated exotic scenes in great detail, seeking to serve as a window onto the unknown through an almost photographic reproduction that lends verisimilitude to the narratives and stimulates the imagination of the European spectator.


Would you like to speak directly to us?
Phone number for inquiries
932 463 241

If the seller accepts your offer will notify you immediately by sending a quote. To make an offer you need to logged in as a USER.


Would you like to receive our newsletter?

Setdart sends, weekly and via e-mail, a newsletter with the most important news. If you have not yet requested to receive our newsletter, you can do so by filling in the following form.

SETDART ONLINE SL, as data controller, will treat your data in order to send you our newsletter with commercial news about our services. You can access, rectify and delete your data, as well as exercise other rights by consulting the additional and detailed information on data protection in our privacy policy.