Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Slave Market

Jean Leon Gerome’s The Slave Market of 1867 appears to capture a European female nude getting inspected in an African Slave Market. It was during this time period slaves were sold at markets in Northern Africa. Gerome’s opens our eyes to a practice that was seen to be part of the culture of the Orient but gives it a European pornographic edge. His genre paintings combine the real (the market) and unreal (the nude). This painting reveals more about Europe at this time than a true depiction of life in North Africa.

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