josie soho®

josie soho®

Posted on 11/21/2007

Photo taken on November  4, 2006

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The Snake Charmer - detail

The Snake Charmer - detail
Jean-Léon Gérôme
French, 1824-1904
The Snake Charmer
c. 1870
Oil on canvas
83.8 x 122.1 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1942

The Snake Charmer focuses on a naked boy handling a python while an old man plays a fipple flute. Watching intently is a group of mercenaries differentiated by the distinctive costumes of their tribes, by ornaments, and by weapons. Such erotic and exotic imagery of Near Eastern subjects was very popular in the late nineteenth century. Despite the nearly photographic realism employed by Gérome, the painting is a pastiche of Egyptian, Turkish, and Indian elements that have no basis in reality.

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Aref Nammari (goplayer)
Aref Nammari (goplay…
This picture was used as the cover of a paperback edition of the late Edward Said's seminal work "Orientalism", a must read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between the West and the "Orient".
8 years ago.
josie soho® has replied to Aref Nammari (goplay…
Thank you very much for telling me so, Aref. I deeply appreciate that. Thanks.
8 years ago.