The Harem1904 by Lovis Corinth

Corinth’s reputation as ‘the painter of flesh’ was maintained by two groups of nudes. The Harem (1904) uses an ever-popular ‘oriental’ setting for an abundance of female flesh, but has some distinctive touches too. The cat sat in the foreground ignores – in the way that only cats can – some sort of horseplay taking place behind, while a guard looks as bored as the cat. This is not the sumptuous silk and divan lounge shown in the 19th century, though – indeed, it all looks rather tawdry. (
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