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Un Juif de Tangier

A Jew of Tangier

Artist: Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant (1845 - 1902) Primary
19th century
Dimensions: 17.09 x 12.05 in. (43.4 x 30.6 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.128
Not on view.

Benjamin Constant was a member of the Society of French Orientalist Painters. Founded in 1894, the group's mission was to encourage artists to travel to the Middle East and North Africa (Benjamin Constant had visited Morocco in 1872) and to promote work that took up Orientalist themes. At the time, the term had no negative connotation, but today "Orientalism" is used to describe the set of Western attitudes towards the perceived exoticism of non-white, non-Christian cultures that resulted in depictions that were exaggerated, romanticized, or patronizing.

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