The picture is a concentrate of observations on travels 1869–70 and 1874–75 to Turkey, Greece and Egypt and must be described as one of Jerichau Baumann’s masterpieces. It is carried by a sensuality and coloristic boldness that is atypical of the Danish art of the period, but less marked by the pointed ethnocentrism that characterizes contemporary international orientalism.
The scene is rich in colour and contrast; the glorious hues of the rug catch the eye. The nude body beneath sheer silk and the exotic jewellery add a sensuous quality that still impresses. Of Polish-German descent, Jerichau Baumann had a wider outlook than most Danish artists of the time. More on this painting
Anna Maria Elisabeth Lisinska Jerichau-Baumann (21 November 1819–11 July 1881)
was a Polish-Danish painter. She was married to the sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau.
Elisabeth was born in Żoliborz, a borough of Warsaw. Her father Philip Adolph Baumann (1776–1863), a mapmaker, and her mother, Johanne Frederikke Reyer (1790–1854), were of German extraction.