The common denominator linking the artists in this book is that they all went to the Near East or North Africa and painted the experiences drawn from their travels. The 'Orient' in question covers a geographic area which spreads from the Balkans through the Maghreb down to Marrakech. Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Sudan were a part of this vast territory as well. This 'covering' of the Orient occurred during the 19th century, in between Bonaparte's campaign in Egypt and the First World War. Also available is "American Orientalists" ISBN:9782867700781.
Gerald Ackerman, born 1928, graduated from Berkeley in 1952 and went on to do a PhD in Art and Archaeology at Princeton. He is an author and lecturer who taught at many colleges and universities across America between 1958 and 1994. He is also the author of 'American Orientalists' among other works.