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Marcelle Ackein: Orientalism Through Female Eyes

Published on , by Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

Creating a stir at auction, Le Souk au tapis à Marrakech (Carpet Souk in Marrakesh) of c. 1921 is by a French woman artist little seen in the sale room: Marcelle Ackein (b. Algiers, 1882).

Marcelle Ackein: Orientalism Through Female Eyes
 

It has now become her top-priced work with the MAD 2 M (€198,000) it fetched in Marrakech with Artcurial on December 30, during the fifth edition of a "Moroccan Winter". The oil on canvas (140 x 128 cm/55.1 x 50.4 in.) was exhibited in 1921 by the Société Coloniale des Artistes Français and reproduced in this context in the review Les Annales coloniales (The Colonial Annals). These geometrized silhouettes with cursory lines introduced an almost Cubist modernity into the Orientalist movement.

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