"If there is a particularly dynamic art market today, then it is that of Orientalism," says the Paris auction house Artcurial after announcing total 2010 Orientalist art sales of €1,570,000.
The term "Orientalism", previously used to describe Oriental academic studies, became more widely used to refer to the works of French artists in the 19th century.
During that time, the country's painters became increasingly inspired by their travels to non-European countries like North Africa and Western Asia.
Among the record auction prices for such artworks at Artcurial was Jose Cruz Herrera's (1890-1972) The Betrothed (detail), pictured above.
The work sold for €471,400 - achieving a World Record price for the artist and also tripling the artwork's previous market value.
Other World Record auction sales were achieved by Alexandre Roubtzoff's (1884-1949) Bedouin Tunis, 1935 (pictured top right) sold for €434,300, and Léon Girardet's (1856-1895) Interior of a Moorish house, which realised €68,700.
In particular, the Roubtzoff work quadrupled is previously registered value.
Hoping to continue this success, Artcurial's next Orientalist art sale will be held on December 1 - and major pieces by Majorelle, Cruz Herrera, Dinet, and Fabius Brest Roubtzoff have already been consigned.
The December sale will be held at Hotel Marcel Dassault, in Paris.
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