Philippe Pavy was a pupil of Jules Lefebvre. Between 1885-1887 he visited, the Middle East, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia with his brother Eugène, who was also an artist. Pavy painted primarily ‘orientalist’ scenes with spontaneity and freshness. These scenes would include streets, markets, interiors, slave markets, snake charmers and harem guards.
Orientalism could be described as a dialogue between the Western pictorial style and the cultural observations of the Orient. In this painting we can appreciate the artist’s exceptional attention to detail, in the textiles, carving, clothing and architecture, which serves here as the backdrop for an everyday market scene.