Scene in the Jewish Quarter of Constantine

Théodore Chassériau French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 804

Chassériau witnessed this scene and sketched it in his notebook during a trip to Algeria in 1846. From the ancient town of Constantine he wrote, "I have seen some highly curious things: primitive and overwhelming, touching and singular. At Constantine, which is high up in some enormous mountains, one sees the Arab people and the Jewish people [living] as they were at the beginning of time." The Jewish women of North Africa were especially attractive subjects for European painters because they did not wear veils.

#6030. Scene in the Jewish Quarter of Constantine

Scene in the Jewish Quarter of Constantine, Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris), Oil on canvas

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