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Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, Vésoul 1824–1904 Paris)
Date: 1868–69Accession Number: 2008.547.1
Charles Bargue (French, Paris 1825/26–1883 Paris)
Date: 1875Accession Number: 87.15.102
Charles-Théodore Frère (French, Paris 1814–1888 Paris)
Date: possibly 1881Accession Number: 87.15.106
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Date: 1851Accession Number: 1996.285
Léon Bonnat (French, Bayonne 1833–1922 Monchy-Saint-Eloi)
Date: 1869–70Accession Number: 87.15.97
Date: 1871Accession Number: 87.15.130
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In 1798 Napoleon conquered Egypt, which had been a province of the Ottoman Empire since 1517. Although he was driven out by the British after one year, his campaign unleashed in Europe a profound curiosity for the Orient and for Islamic culture, which was immediately made manifest in European painting.
Throughout the nineteenth century, artists crossed the straits of Gibraltar and roamed as far as Syria and Turkey in search of picturesque motifs and exotic landscapes. This gallery displays works by several generations of artists, from David's student Girodet, to Ingres's student Chassériau, to one of the last Neoclassical painters, J. L. Gérôme.
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