Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Harem Venus: The Harem Beauty by Francisco Masriera y Manovens

The Harem Beauty (1889)


This confident looking harem lovely is the work of Catalonian artist, writer and goldsmith Francisco Masriera y Manovens (1842-1902).  He first studied under his father, a silversmith, in Barcelona at the age of thirteen. Between 1862 and 1870 he made several trips to Paris, Rome, London and Geneva. By the age of 31 he had his own studio back in Barcelona.

He was a commercially successful painter alternating between lucrative portraits, genre painting and orientalism; although unlike some other painters of the time he didn't actually travel to the Middle East or North Africa.

He continued with his interest in silver and gold working and s decorative vase he designed won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889.


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