The Moorish Warrior
William Merritt Chase
The lush tapestries, glimmering metalwork, and contemplative warrior in this picture illustrate William Merritt Chase’s imagined view of daily life in the Middle East. To create this picture for a German patron, the American-born, Munich-trained Chase embraced Realist techniques popularized in Europe, as evidenced by his careful treatment of texture and light. Chase never traveled to the Middle East and instead fabricated the entire scene in the studio using a model and props.
This image and others nearby reveal a tendency in nineteenth-century Western art to project Eurocentric fictitious and exoticizing views onto Middle Eastern subject matter.
Oil on canvas
59 3/16 x 94 7/16 in. (150.4 x 239.9 cm)
frame: 72 1/2 x 106 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (184.2 x 270.2 x 11.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of John R.H. Blum and Healy Purchase Fund B
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William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). The Moorish Warrior, ca. 1878. Oil on canvas, 59 3/16 x 94 7/16 in. (150.4 x 239.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John R.H. Blum and Healy Purchase Fund B, 69.43 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.43_SL1.jpg)
overall, 69.43_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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