About this artwork
A luminous nude woman reclines in a dimly lit interior filled with textiles, fruits, and luxury goods evocative of the Arab world. The painting’s setting and title suggest that she is a courtesan in a harem. For 19th-century European artists, depicting the nude female form was a fundamental component of academic training and a benchmark of artistic excellence. The imagined harem setting—a space historically forbidden to men—provided narrative context for the nude and appealed to the sexual and colonialist fantasies of European audiences.
- On View, Gallery 223
- Painting and Sculpture of Europe
- Jules Joseph Lefebvre
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed upper right: Jules. LeFebvre 1874.
- 102.4 × 200.7 cm (41 5/16 × 79 in.)
- George F. Harding Collection