Antique Orientalist Painting of Belly Dancer Indianapolis Burlesque Theatre
Here we have an Orientalist painting on tapestry of a seductive woman dancing on a rug. The piece is signed "M. Brandau" and dated 1904. I'm guessing the painting is French given the popularity of this topic in France around the turn of the century.
The underground painting apparently hung in The Empire Theatre in Indianapolis in the early 1900s. In the early 20th century, the Empire Theatre hosted Burlesque shows to all the men's delight. (Check out this article about the theater's rowdy history.) If only it could talk. What a killer history. I've owned the painting for years. This belly dancer is a stunner, and the tapestry painting isn't bad either.
The authentic painting measures 30.5" x 20". The tapestry is wrapped around a frame, similar to a canvas. Some of the edges are fraying on the reverse and corners. The painting acquired plenty of dust over the years, giving it a very distinct patina. I personally dig it. Because of the dark tone, the brightness is much more muted in person. For half the pics, I elevated the contrast in the pictures to bring out the detail and color in the painting. The other half has more of a natural tone. Lights will really enhance this one.
Another interesting nuance is the light outline of the extended arm right next to the painted arm. The painting has scuffs and discolorations but they don't take away from the power of the piece. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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I'm a sucker for a belly dancer. This one was a no-brainer. Dead sexy. Old burlesque wall art? C'mon...