Saturday, April 27, 2019


AfD is now sporting ads for the upcoming European elections which depict a 19th century painting, "Le Marché d'Esclaves" (1866), by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme.

The caption reads: "So that Europe does not become Eurabia. Real Europeans vote AfD":

It was to be expected that self-loathing Europeans would start hollering and asking to remove these ads. But I was a bit surprised to notice that there were echoes across the Pond. Via Deutschlandfunk:

"Das US-Museum „Clark Art Institute“ aus Massachussetts fordert die AfD auf, ein Gemälde des Malers León Gérôme nicht länger für ihren Wahlkampf zu nutzen.

Die Nachrichtenagentur AFP zitiert den Direktor, Olivier Meslay, mit den Worten: „Wir verurteilen es strikt, dass dieses Werk dazu verwendet wird, die Positionierung der AfD zu untermalen. Wir haben der Partei geschrieben, damit aufzuhören.“ Meslay räumt aber ein, dass es keine Urheberrechte gebe, die dem Museum eine juristische Handhabe bieten könnten.

Bei dem Gemälde geht es um das Werk „Sklavenmarkt“ des Franzosen Gérôme aus dem Jahr 1866. Das Werk ist im Besitz des Clark Art Institutes und zeigt eine nackte Frau, die von Männern mit Bart und Turban begutachtet wird. Dazu heißt es auf dem Werbeplakat der AfD: "Damit aus Europa kein ‚Eurabien‘ wird“.

In short, Olivier Meslay, the curator of Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts, where Gérôme's paiting is displayed, calls on AfD to no longer use the artwork in its campaigns. AfD is lucky that Meslay himself (a Frenchman, in the communist state of Massachusetts: what could go wrong?) admits that he has no legal power to stop AfD from doing just that.

Closer to home, this is a typical take by our moral betters as to why using "Le Marché d'Esclaves" is not done. Via 'Bento', ultraleft idiot and dhimmi Fabian Goldmann:

"Das Gemälde heißt "Le Marché d'esclaves" – Der Sklavenmarkt – und ist im Jahr 1866 der Fantasie des französischen Malers Jean-Léon Gérôme entsprungen. Heute ist es im Besitz des amerikanischen "Clark Art Institute".

Das stellt schon das Infoheft zum Gemälde klar (Clark Art Institute):

- Es ist unwahrscheinlich, dass der Künstler eine solche Szene beobachtet hat, denn es gibt, wenn überhaupt, wenige Zeugnisse solcher Sklavenmärkte.

Die abgebildete Szene hat es also sehr wahrscheinlich niemals gegeben.

Das ist auch gar nicht verwunderlich. Gérôme ist einer der bekanntesten französischen Maler des "Orientalismus". So wird die klischeehaft-mystische Verklärung der arabisch-islamischen Welt bezeichnet. Im Europa des 19. Jahrhunderts war sie in der Kunstwelt ein absoluter Trend.

This childless, balless and clueless 'shining' example of European Progressive Manhood claims that the problem with AfD using 'Le Marché d'Esclaves' is a bad case of 'Orientalism' burping up, a term first coined by useless dhimmi idiot Edward Said.

Said posited that 'Orientalism' - the depiction or even imitiation of aspects of Eastern societies and culture in the nineteenth century, was bad art at best, for the scenes in 'orientalist' artworks were born out of the fevered imagination of 19th century Western European artists who had never set foot in the East, and appalling white supremacist paternalism vis-à-vis Oriental culture at worst.

Goldmann would do well to watch this 16-minute video shedding light on islamic slave trade in Western countries. After viewing it, he might not be so eager anymore to parrot Clark Art Institute's 'the depicted scene possibly never took place':


"Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis describes the White Slave Trade as minimized by most modern historians in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan). Davis estimates that 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean Sea coast), 16th- and 17th-century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul's additional slave import from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700. The markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and finally ended in the 1830s, when the region was conquered by France.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 19th centuries. These slave raids were conducted largely by Arabs and Berbers rather than Ottoman Turks. However, during the height of the Barbary slave trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Barbary states were subject to Ottoman jurisdiction and ruled by Ottoman pashas. Furthermore, many slaves captured by the Barbary corsairs were sold eastward into Ottoman territories before, during, and after Barbary's period of Ottoman rule.

The Barbary Muslim pirates kidnapped Europeans from ships in North Africa’s coastal waters (Barbary Coast). They also attacked and pillaged the Atlantic coastal fishing villages and town in Europe, enslaving the inhabitants. Villages and towns on the coast of Italy, Spain, Portugal and France were the hardest hit. Muslim slave-raiders also seized people as far afield as Britain, Ireland and Iceland.

In 1544, the island of Ischia off Naples was ransacked, taking 4,000 inhabitants prisoners, while some 9,000 inhabitants of Lipari Island off the north coast of Sicily were enslaved.870 Turgut Reis, a Turkish pirate chief, ransacked the coastal settlements of Granada (Spain) in 1663 and carried away 4,000 people as slaves. In 1625, Barbary pirates captured the Lund Island in the Bristol Channel and planted the standard of Islam. From this base, they went ransacking and pillaging surrounding villages and towns, causing a stunning spectacle of mayhem, slaughter and plunder. According to Milton, ‘Day after day, they struck at unarmed fishing communities, seizing the inhabitants, and burning their homes. By the end of the dreadful summer of 1625, the mayor of Plymouth reckoned that 1,000 skiffs had been destroyed and similar number of villagers carried off into slavery.’871 Between 1609 and 1616, the Barbary pirates ‘captured a staggering 466 English trading ships.’

In 1627, Pirates went on a pillaging and enslaving campaign to Iceland. After dropping anchor at Reykjavik, his forces ransacked the town and returned with 400 men, women and children and sold them in Algiers. In 1631, he made a voyage with a brigand of 200 pirates to the coast of Southern Ireland and ransacked and pillaged the village of Baltimore, carrying away 237 men, women and children to Algiers."

To conclude: the depiction of the naked white female among muslim slavetraders is not only far more than a 'figment of the imagination', but in all likelihood it was commonplace for centuries.

Thus, AfD has EVERY right, and I would say even the moral duty, to use this painting in its campaign.


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