I spend a decent amount of my time painting so I really empathize with those who have the patience necessary to make art. I know it’s really hard to believe, but there was actually a fair amount of shisha in early artworks that had nothing to do with Bob Marley. From the romantic, classical, to the baroque, hookah is present in many generations of visual arts.
The Hookah Lighter
Jean-Léon Gérôm’s depiction of a bathhouse illustrates the pleasures of a Bacchanalian lifestyle. The c. 1898 painting is also an illustration of the total nakedness of people in bathhouses, apparently. I mean, I guess if I really thought about it then it would have been sort of obvious. When I look at this painting it’s just like “blam” that’s a lot of naked people, but I digress.
The hookah and the carpet add a component of very tight realism to the foreground of the painting. This is in sharp contrast to the otherwise soft tones of the person most closely located in the foreground.Continue Reading