Travel album in Morocco

Travel album in Morocco - Eugène Delacroix ©RMN
1832 - Eugène Delacroix - (Charenton-Saint-Maurice, 1798-Paris, 1863)
Travel album in Morocco - Eugène Delacroix ©RMN

Delacroix discovered a new world during his trip to Morocco from January to June 1832, and found in such an appropriate successor to the greco-roman antiquity that had, until that time, been the main source of inspiration for neoclassical artists. Orientalism then became one of the branches of the romantic period. While the artist faced some difficulties in his portraits of Muslim women because of religious limitations, he completed many studies of the young Jewish women he met, especialy in Tangier. This one probably concerns  Precidia Ben Chimol, daughter of Abraham Ben Chimol, the "drogman" (interpreter) of the French Consulate in Tangier.