chapter  4
Women’s Orientalist Harem Paintings: Gender, Documentation and Imagination
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This chapter continues the enquiry into modes of representing the exotic. Given my rejection of Orientalism as the critical paradigm in favour of exoticism in this study, it might initially seem paradoxical that this chapter deals with a genre of painting, pioneered by the French and developed by British and other European artists, that is commonly referred to as Orientalist. Among art historians and in accordance with Said’s geographically determined Orientalism, Orientalist art conventionally refers to images of the life, history and topography of the geographical area between Turkey, the Near East and the Arab Peninsula, and North Africa.