THE ORIENTALISTS - INGRES, DELACROIX, GÉRÔME... In the 19th century, the Orient unfolds before the brushes of Western artists, revealing its mysteries through the dazzled eyes of Orientalists such as Delacroix, Gérôme, and Ingres. Inspired by the dazzling light of the South and the enchanting motifs of architecture, these painters take spectators on a pictorial expedition to a dreamed Orient.

Delacroix's travel notebooks kick off the journey, whisking one away into a whirlwind of shadows and lights, scents of spices, and oriental melodies. Other masters like Constant, Vernet, or Guillaumet create lush settings, inviting exploration of bustling souks, magnificent palaces, and ventures into unforgiving deserts punctuated by oases.

The hunt for wild animals and the intrigues of harems, seen through moucharabieh screens, captivate the artists' imagination. The hammam reveals bathers with unreal curves, while Ingres's "La Grande Odalisque" embodies the pinnacle of idealized Orientalism.

The dream dissipates as you awaken in the Parisian salons, having, for a moment, lived the evanescent mirage of the Orientalists' dreamed Orient.

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