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Academic painters in the 19th century aimed for a non-painterly technique and strict pictorial realism. However, their subjects were rarely realistic; instead, they were restricted to history, mythology, religion, and genre subjects like this one. Genre paintings usually focused, not on the everyday lives of bourgeois Europeans, but on more colorful, exotic lives like those of gypsies (Roma), Arabs, or Orientals. The young girl in this photograph is most likely a well-cared-for, middle class child, but has been costumed in ethnic apparel and given the typically gypsy accompaniments of a tambourine and small dog likely to perform tricks for tips....
Created by: Kindt, Adele