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Orientalist Scene by Hans Hansen

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Orientalist Scene by Hans Hansen
Hans Hansen (1859 - 1941). Watercolour on card. "Snake Charmer, Morocco". Fantastical Orientalist interior scene depicting Moroccians seated and flanking a kneeling snake charmer and snake. Beyond, the inside roof of the building descends in arabesques with brilliant blue sky beyond. Signed to obverse. Rectangular, 29 cms. X 50 cms. (11 1/2 inches X 20 inches). Beautiful, original, restored frame incorporates Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Glasgow school motifs. This painting is fabulous! The 19th Century interest in Orientalism is traditionally said to have taken root in the public's captivation with Napoleon's conquering of Egypt. Orientalism is a term used to describe the imitation or depiction of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West by writers, designers and artists, specifically the Middle East and North Africa. It is one of the many sub-specialities of 19th century Academic art. What makes many of these paintings so captivating is the fact that many of the artists never made a trip to the Middle East and as such these scenes are fantastical creations from their imagination. The Danish artist, Hans Peter Hansen was born in Copenhagen in 1859. Ironically Hansen became known as a "Scottish" artist in his adult life as he was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Watercolourists (RSW). Hansen died in 1941. He is known for painting the hard to find, highly desirably "Orientalist" scenes.

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