The paintings are basically a style of art associated with a group of 19th-century artists who were fond of depicting harem girls, sheikhs and Middle-Eastern scenery - whether or not the artist had actually spent time in the Middle East. Delacroix, Ingres and (Henri) Rousseau - to name the three best-known artists - all employed "oriental" touches to various
Source: Dictionary and Encyclopedia
*********************************My View on Orientalism:
I have always appreciated Islamic art and architecture! I am also a fan of Orientalism Art.
The paintings are so warm and live.. I would stand in front of one and stare for long time.
It is very rich! When I was looking at one of those paintings at my uncle's house I felt the warmth. I saw live coming out of it.. it was somehow in movement! I felt the heat of the climate/desert... I swear these paintings are so live.. Some good ones can appear photographic too! They look real, and are able to take you into other dimensions.. way beyond it!
As for owning one... hmm I don't really know! I can absolutely say these are amazing pieces and work of art (actually on of my favorites).. To me, they are something I would appreciate looking at and enjoy... (basically having the pleasure to simply look at without having to own it)..
My style is rather simple chic to modern.. with some art deco maybe! But if I have one of those painting, I know I would create the atmosphere for it in a corner of the house to compliment the whole look... so to speak!
I will add another post with more paintings later today.