Painting “Women of Algiers” was written by Eugene Delacroix in 1834 and later served as a source of inspiration for Picasso, Matisse and Renoir.
The big impression on the artist made a harem, which he saw in Algeria during a trip to North Africa. Being a guest of a sultan, Delacroix very lucky to get into the holy of holies of the Muslim microcosm, where he appeared in his glory concubines, which became heroines painting “Arab women”. Despite the fact that their life is no different from ordinary life, and women were not as romantic nature, as they appeared on the canvas.
Four women of different races and nationalities are sitting on carpets with pillows and smoke a hookah. The black concubine goes beyond the painting, saying something last remaining girls. Those last are filled with peace and femininity and posture relaxed and stately. Each of them looks hazy look into the distance, and it is not clear that he expresses: peace, sadness, melancholy. Or this veil in front of the result of an effect on the fragile girls hookah?
Clothing concubines varied, but the most elegant outfit from lying on the left. And while it rings and necklaces do not differ much from the other ornaments of women, we can assume that it is listed in the favorite of the Sultan.
In this painting, the artist, according to a number of experts, began his experiments with color and adds additional color , which are written throughout the contrasting parts of the composition. And the rest – the picture just perfectly done, as well as other works of the master.
Showing interest in different exotic, after his return from North Africa Delacroix created a series of paintings devoted to the character, customs and way of life, which he has displayed during his trip in many drafts. This work was a milestone in the work of Delacroix, and in the history of art.