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« on: May 30, 2009, 08:58:18 am »

Renowned German Orientalist Rudolf Ernst exhibited his work regularly in Paris, including

“The Manicure.”

Like many Orientalist interiors, Ernst’s evoke both realistic domesticity and mild voyeurism.

And not long ago, that would have been surprising, because the harem was a defining motif of European Orientalism, and one of the most culturally sensitive at that. Though its basic meaning was “family quarters,” the word harem—derived from the Arabic word haram, meaning “forbidden”—was a kind of metaphorical screen onto which Euro-pean male artists imagined the lives of the women they could not see, and what they projected was at best inaccurate and kitsch and at worst lurid, voyeuristic and demeaning.
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