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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 93

    Paul Alexandre Alfred Leroy (French, 1860-1942)

    A harem beauty

    Price Realised  


    Paul Alexandre Alfred Leroy (French, 1860-1942)
    A harem beauty
    signed 'PAUL LEROY' (lower middle left)
    oil on canvas
    18¼ x 15 3/8 in. (46.5 x 39.3 cm.)

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    Paul Leroy worked the present figure into a number of compositions, notably a harem scene which he repeated several times on different scales (fig. 1). This technique was typical of Orientalist artists, who often drew on a virtual "library" of motifs to assemble largely imagined works which indulged Western preconceptions of exotic Eastern interiors.

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