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The Jews of Tangier: Orientalist Drawings by Dehodencq

May 29, 2012-September 8, 2012
Location: Joseph and Madeleine Nash Galleries
Artist: Alfred Dehodencq
Curator: Shlomit Steinberg
Media: Drawings, prints, oil paintings
This exhibition of 40 Orientalist drawings, prints, and oil paintings highlights the versatile, turbulent career of the French Romantic artist Alfred Dehodencq (1822–1882), placing special emphasis on the period (1853–63) he spent in the Moroccan city of Tangier. During his frequent sojourns there, the artist became acquainted with the local Jewish community, drawing and then painting its members in times of happiness and sorrow, trial and festivity. The majority of the drawings and prints on display were recently gifted to the Museum by Dr. Philippe Cohen and Gerard Levy, Paris.