Roman Woman Sleeping: Felix Auguste Clement

Felix Auguste Clement: Roman Woman Sleeping

In Roman Woman Sleeping, Felix Auguste Clement paints a full-length nude woman sleeping on her bed. The classicising landscape in the background contrasts with the realism with which the woman is painted, while at the same time showing her as a similar artefact for visual consumption.

Clement painted this in 1859 in the middle of career while living in Rome, three years before his departure to Egypt in 1862 where he would begin his Orientalist era of artworks which he would later become renowned for.

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