Author(s): Gerard-Georges Lemaire
The Orient and the mystical images it evokes have always been a special source of inspiration in the history of European painting. From the Venetian portrayal of the Renaissance and the first examples of the Turkish Fashion to the heyday of the 19th century and the Tunis paintings by August Macke and Paul Klee, this volume with over 300 full-colour illustrations traces the development of the oriental motif in painting."The Orient in Western Art" presents the emergence and development of an artistic motif accompanied by explanations of social and cultural history.
"The colour of the Orient, the smell of the Orient, its remoteness, its mystery, its glory. Another life, another dream of a life." Georges Clairin (1843-1919)"
Gerard-Georges Lemaire was born in 1948 in Paris. He studied at the Institut d'histoire de l'art and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. In 1974, Lemaire, an author, historian and art critic, translator and journalist, founded the "Connexions" collection at the French publishers Flammarion, in addition to founding the "Les derniers mots" collection at the publisher Christian bourgeois, for whom he also managed the magazine L'Ennemi from 1980-1996. At present, Lemaire is chief editor of the art and literature magazine Verso and is also responsible for the "arts" section of the cultural magazine Les Lettres francaises.