Jul 9, 2007

The Young Eastern Woman

The Young Eastern Woman


Friedrich Amerling

(Austrian, 1803–1887)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 106.5 x 90.5 x 9 cm (41 15/16 x 35 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.); Unframed: 88.5 x 71.5 cm (34 13/16 x 28 1/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1991.163

Did you know?

One can see in Amerling's sensitive and beautiful portrayal why he was well known and admired for his portraits.


Although the artist provocatively titled this painting Young Eastern Woman, it is obvious that the model is not Asian, but merely wears a Turkish costume. The rich fabrics and glowing light create an exotic atmosphere, revealing a Western fascination with "Oriental" images and themes.


An Intriguing Gaze
Amerling, A Biedermeier Painter
Exotic Colors and Costumes
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