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Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Pygmalion And Galatea by Jean-Leon Gerome

Pygmalion And Galatea

 Painting - Bather At The Brousse Pool by Jean-Leon Gerome

Bather At The Brousse Pool

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Flight Into Egypt by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Flight Into Egypt

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Pollice Verso. With A Turned Thumb by Jean-Leon Gerome

Pollice Verso. With A Turned Thumb

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Black Bard by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Black Bard

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Carpet Merchant by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Carpet Merchant

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Moorish Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome

Moorish Bath

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Black Bashi-bazouk by Jean-Leon Gerome

Black Bashi-bazouk

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Pool In A Harem by Jean-Leon Gerome

Pool In A Harem

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Final Session by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Final Session

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Arnaut With Two Whippets by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Arnaut With Two Whippets

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Ave Caesar Morituri Te Salutant by Jean-Leon Gerome

Ave Caesar Morituri Te Salutant

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Japanese Emploring A Deity by Jean-Leon Gerome

Japanese Emploring A Deity

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Bath

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - L'attente by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Drawing - Leda by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Arnaut Officer by Jean-Leon Gerome

Arnaut Officer

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Two Italian Peasant Women And An Infant by Jean-Leon Gerome

Two Italian Peasant Women And An Infant

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Leda And The Swan by Jean-Leon Gerome

Leda And The Swan

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Guard by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Guard

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Golfe D'akaba by Jean-Leon Gerome

Golfe D'akaba

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Le Tigre Et Le Gardien by Jean-Leon Gerome

Le Tigre Et Le Gardien

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Profile Of A Horse by Jean-Leon Gerome

Profile Of A Horse

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Runners Of The Pasha by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Runners Of The Pasha

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Tulip Folly by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Tulip Folly

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Tiger On The Watch by Jean-Leon Gerome

Tiger On The Watch

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Working In Marble. The Artist Sculpting Tanagra by Jean-Leon Gerome

Working In Marble. The Artist Sculpting Tanagra

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Reception Of Siamese Ambassadors By Emperor Napoleon IIi At The Palace Of Fontainebleau by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Reception Of Siamese Ambassadors By Emperor Napoleon IIi At The Palace Of Fontainebleau

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Age Of Augustus. The Birth Of Christ by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Age Of Augustus. The Birth Of Christ

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Diana And Actaeon by Jean-Leon Gerome

Diana And Actaeon

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Caravan In The Desert by Jean-Leon Gerome

Caravan In The Desert

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Slave In Cairo by Jean-Leon Gerome

Slave In Cairo

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Louis Xi Visiting The Cardinal La Balue by Jean-Leon Gerome

Louis Xi Visiting The Cardinal La Balue

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Tiger And Cubs by Jean-Leon Gerome

Tiger And Cubs

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Polyphemus by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Interior Of A Mosque by Jean-Leon Gerome

Interior Of A Mosque

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - After The Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome

After The Bath

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - At Prayer. Cairo by Jean-Leon Gerome

At Prayer. Cairo

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - View Of Medinet El-fayoum by Jean-Leon Gerome

View Of Medinet El-fayoum

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Wailing Wall by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Wailing Wall

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Slave Market by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Slave Market

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Young Greeks Attending A Cock Fight by Jean-Leon Gerome

Young Greeks Attending A Cock Fight

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Women In Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome

Women In Bath

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Painting Breathes Life Into Sculpture by Jean-Leon Gerome

Painting Breathes Life Into Sculpture

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Phryne Before The Areopagus by Jean-Leon Gerome

Phryne Before The Areopagus

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Cleopatra And Caesar by Jean-Leon Gerome

Cleopatra And Caesar

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Allegory Of Night by Jean-Leon Gerome

Allegory Of Night

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Bashi-bazouk by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Diogenes by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Dante. He Hath Seen Hell by Jean-Leon Gerome

Dante. He Hath Seen Hell

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Women In Bath by Jean-Leon Gerome

Women In Bath

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Colossus Of Memnon by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Colossus Of Memnon

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Cafe House. Cairo. Casting Bullets by Jean-Leon Gerome

Cafe House. Cairo. Casting Bullets

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Woman At A Balcony by Jean-Leon Gerome

Woman At A Balcony

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Street Vendor In Cairo by Jean-Leon Gerome

Street Vendor In Cairo

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Gulf Of Aqaba by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Gulf Of Aqaba

Jean-leon Gerome Drawing - Portrait Of An Egyptian Fellah by Jean-Leon Gerome

Portrait Of An Egyptian Fellah

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - A Bashi Bazouk And His Dog by Jean-Leon Gerome

A Bashi Bazouk And His Dog

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Slave Market In Rome by Jean-Leon Gerome

Slave Market In Rome

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Moses On Mount Sinai by Jean-Leon Gerome

Moses On Mount Sinai

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Prayer In The Mosque by Jean-Leon Gerome

Prayer In The Mosque

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Bonaparte Before The Sphinx by Jean-Leon Gerome

Bonaparte Before The Sphinx

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Egyptian Grain-cutters by Jean-Leon Gerome

Egyptian Grain-cutters

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Bathsheba by Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Nude. Queen Rodophe by Jean-Leon Gerome

Nude. Queen Rodophe

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - The Duel After The Masquerade by Jean-Leon Gerome

The Duel After The Masquerade

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - A Sultan At Prayer by Jean-Leon Gerome

A Sultan At Prayer

Jean-leon Gerome Painting - Marengo by Attributed to Jean-Leon Gerome


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Caravan in the Desert

Jean-Leon Gerome

With a turned thumb. Pollice Verso

Jean-Leon Gerome

The final session

Jean-Leon Gerome

Cleopatra and Caesar

Jean-Leon Gerome

Moses on Mount Sinai

Jean-Leon Gerome

Painting Breathes Life into Sculpture

Jean-Leon Gerome

Allegory of Night

Jean-Leon Gerome

Slave in Cairo

Jean-Leon Gerome

Louis XI visiting the Cardinal La Balue

Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome

Prayer in the Mosque

Jean-Leon Gerome

Tiger and Cubs

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ

Jean-Leon Gerome

Reception of Siamese Ambassadors by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie in the grand ballroom of the castle of Henry II, Fontainebleau, June 27, 1861

Jean-Leon Gerome

Grey Eminence, François Leclerc du Tremblay, the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu

Jean-Leon Gerome

Louis XIV and Moliere

Jean-Leon Gerome

On the Desert

Jean-Leon Gerome

Pelt Merchant of Cairo

Jean-Leon Gerome

Cave Canem

Jean-Leon Gerome

Portrait of Armand Gérôme

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Slave Market

Jean-Leon Gerome

General Bonaparte in Cairo

Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome

A Bath, Woman Bathing Her Feet

Jean-Leon Gerome

A Moorish Bath - Turkish Woman Bathing, No.2

Jean-Leon Gerome

Arabs Crossing the Desert

Jean-Leon Gerome

Ave Caesar Morituri te Salutant

Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome

Greek Interior [sketch]

Jean-Leon Gerome

King Candaules

Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome

Moorish bath

Jean-Leon Gerome

Moses on Mount Sinai

Jean-Leon Gerome

Napoleon in Egypt

Jean-Leon Gerome


Jean-Leon Gerome

Pool in a Harem

Jean-Leon Gerome

Selling Slaves in Rome

Jean-Leon Gerome

Slave Auction

Jean-Leon Gerome

Slave Market

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Dance of the Almeh

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Hookah Lighter

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Muezzin

Jean-Leon Gerome

The Serpent Charmer

Jean-Leon Gerome

Thumbs Down

Jean-Leon Gerome

View of Cairo

Jean-Leon Gerome

View of Paestum

Jean-Leon Gerome

Whirling Dervishes

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Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painter, he was also a teacher with a long list of students.

Early life
Birthplace of Jean-Léon Gérôme in Vesoul (France).

Jean-Léon Gérôme was born at Vesoul, Haute-Saône. He went to Paris in 1840 where he studied under Paul Delaroche, whom he accompanied to Italy (1843–44). He visited Florence, Rome, the Vatican and Pompeii, but he was more attracted to the world of nature. Taken by a fever, he was forced to return to Paris in 1844. On his return he followed, like many other students of Delaroche, into the atelier of Charles Gleyre and studied there for a brief time. He then attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1846 he tried to enter the prestigious Prix de Rome, but failed in the final stage because his figure drawing was inadequate.
The Duel After the Masquerade (ca. 1857–59) depicts a duel after a costume ball in Bois de Boulogne, Paris.[1] The Walters Art Museum.

He tried to improve his skills by painting The Cockfight (1846), an academic exercise depicting a nude young man and a lightly draped young woman with two fighting cocks and in the background the Bay of Naples. He sent this painting to the Salon of 1847, where it gained him a third-class medal. This work was seen as the epitome of the Neo-Grec movement that had formed out of Gleyre's studio (such as Henri-Pierre Picou (1824–1895) and Jean-Louis Hamon), and was championed by the influential French critic Théophile Gautier.

Gérôme abandoned his dream of winning the Prix de Rome and took advantage of his sudden success. His paintings The Virgin, the Infant Jesus and St John (private collection) and Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid (Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France) took a second-class medal in 1848. In 1849, he produced the paintings Michelangelo (also called In his studio) (now in private collection) and A portrait of a Lady (Musée Ingres, Montauban).

In 1851, he decorated a vase, later offered by Emperor Napoleon III of France to Prince Albert, now part of the Royal Collection at St. James's Palace, London. He exhibited Bacchus and Love, Drunk, a Greek Interior and Souvenir d'Italie, in 1851; Paestum (1852); and An Idyll (1853).
Important commissions

In 1852, Gérôme received a commission by Alfred Emilien Comte de Nieuwerkerke, Surintendant des Beaux-Arts to the court of Napoleon III, for the painting of a large historical canvas, the Age of Augustus. In this canvas he combines the birth of Christ with conquered nations paying homage to Augustus. Thanks to a considerable down payment, he was able to travel in 1853 to Constantinople, together with the actor Edmond Got. This would be the first of several travels to the East: in 1854 he made another journey to Greece and Turkey[2] and the shores of the Danube, where he was present at a concert of Russian conscripts, making music under the threat of a lash.

In 1853, Gérôme moved to the Boîte à Thé, a group of studios in the Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris. This would become a meeting place for other artists, writers and actors. George Sand entertained in the small theatre of the studio the great artists of her time such as the composers Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms and Gioachino Rossini and the novelists Théophile Gautier and Ivan Turgenev.

In 1854, he completed another important commission of decorating the Chapel of St. Jerome in the church of St. Séverin in Paris. His Last communion of St. Jerome in this chapel reflects the influence of the school of Ingres on his religious works.

To the exhibition of 1855 he contributed a Pifferaro, a Shepherd, A Russian Concert, and The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ. The last was somewhat confused in effect, but in recognition of its consummate rendering the State purchased it. However the modest painting, A Russian Concert (also called Recreation in the Camp) was more appreciated than his huge canvases.

The Cockfight (1846); now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

In 1856, he visited Egypt for the first time. This would herald the start of many orientalist paintings depicting Arab religion, genre scenes and North African landscapes.
The Tulip Folly (1882) represents "tulipomania" in the Netherlands. Soldiers were ordered to trample the flowerbeds in an effort to stabilize the market.[3] The Walters Art Museum.

Gérôme's reputation was greatly enhanced at the Salon of 1857 by a collection of works of a more popular kind: the Duel: after the Masked Ball (Musée Condé, Chantilly), Egyptian Recruits crossing the Desert, Memnon and Sesostris and Camels Watering, the drawing of which was criticized by Edmond About.

In 1858, he helped to decorate the Paris house of Prince Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte in the Pompeian style. The prince had bought his Greek Interior (1850), a depiction of a brothel also in the Pompeian manner.

In Caesar (1859) Gérôme tried to return to a more severe class of work, the painting of Classical subjects, but the picture failed to interest the public. Phryne before the Areopagus, King Candaules and Socrates finding Alcibiades in the House of Aspasia (1861) gave rise to some scandal by reason of the subjects selected by the painter, and brought down on him the bitter attacks of Paul de Saint-Victor and Maxime Du Camp. At the same Salon he exhibited the Egyptian Chopping Straw, and Rembrandt Biting an Etching, two very minutely finished works.

He married Marie Goupil (1842–1912), the daughter of the international art dealer Adolphe Goupil. They had four daughters and one son. Upon his marriage he moved to a house in the Rue de Bruxelles, close to the music hall Folies Bergère. He expanded it into a grand house with stables with a sculpture studio below and a painting studio on the top floor.

He started an independent atelier at his house in the Rue de Bruxelles between 1860 and 1862.


Gérôme was elected, on his fifth attempt, a member of the Institut de France in 1865. Already a knight in the Légion d'honneur, he was promoted to an officer in 1867. In 1869, he was elected an honorary member of the British Royal Academy. The King of Prussia Wilhelm I awarded him the Grand Order of the Red Eagle, Third Class. His fame had become such that he was invited, along with the most eminent French artists, to the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

He was appointed as one of the three professors at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He started with sixteen students, most who had come over from his own studio. His influence became extensive and he was a regular guest of Empress Eugénie at the Imperial Court in Compiègne.

The theme of his Death of Caesar (1867) was repeated in his historical canvas Death of Marshall Ney, that was exhibited at the Salon of 1867, despite official pressure to withdraw it as it raised painful memories.

Gérôme returned successfully to the Salon in 1873 with his painting L'Eminence Grise (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), a colorful depiction of the main stair hall of the palace of Cardinal Richelieu, popularly known as the Red Cardinal (L'Eminence Rouge), who was France's de facto ruler under King Louis XIII beginning in 1624. In the painting, François Le Clerc du Trembly, a Capuchin friar dubbed L'Eminence Grise (the Gray Cardinal), descends the ceremonial staircase immersed in the Bible while subjects either bow before him or fix their gaze on him. As Richelieu's chief adviser, L'Eminence Grise was called "the power behind the throne," which became the known definition of his title.[4]

When he started to protest and show a public hostility to "decadent fashion" of Impressionism, his influence started to wane and he became unfashionable. But after the exhibition of Manet in the Ecole in 1884, he eventually admitted that "it was not so bad as I thought."

In 1896 Gérôme painted Truth Rising from her Well, an attempt to describe the transparency of an illusion. He therefore welcomed the rise of photography as an alternative to his photographic painting. In 1902, he said "Thanks to photography, Truth has at last left her well."


Jean-Léon Gérôme died in his atelier on 10 January 1904. He was found in front of a portrait of Rembrandt and close to his own painting "The Truth". At his own request, he was given a simple burial service without flowers. But the Requiem Mass given in his memory was attended by a former president of the Republic, most prominent politicians, and many painters and writers. He was buried in the Montmartre Cemetery in front of the statue Sorrow that he had cast for his son Jean who had died in 1891.

He was the father-in-law of the painter Aimé Morot.

Tanagra, 1890

Gérôme was also successful as a sculptor. His first work was a large bronze statue of a gladiator holding his foot on his victim, shown to the public at the Exposition Universelle of 1878. This bronze was based on the main theme of his painting Pollice verso (1872). The same year he exhibited a marble statue at the Salon of 1878, based on his early painting Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid (1848).
The Death of Caesar (1867), (Walters Art Museum), depicts the assassination in the Theatre of Pompey on the Ides of March.

Aware of contemporary experiments of tinting marble (such as by John Gibson) he produced Dancer with Three Masks (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen ), combining movement with colour (exhibited in 1902). His tinted group Pygmalion and Galatea provided his inspiration for several paintings in which he depicted himself as the sculptor who could turn marble into flesh; one example is Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) (Metropolitan Museum, New York).

Among his other works are Omphale (1887), and the statue of the duc d'Aumale which stands in front of the château of Chantilly (1899).

He started experimenting with mixed ingredients, using for his statues tinted marble, bronze and ivory, inlaid with precious stones and paste. His Dancer was exhibited in 1891. His lifesize statue Bellona (1892), in ivory, bronze, and gemstones, attracted great attention at the exhibition in the Royal Academy of London.

The artist then began a series of Conquerors, wrought in gold, silver and gems: Bonaparte entering Cairo (1897); Tamerlane (1898); and Frederick the Great (1899).


Among Gérôme's notable paintings may be named (many depict Eastern subjects) :

Turkish Prisoner (1861)
Turkish Butcher Boy in Jerusalem (1862)
Louis XIV and Molière (1863)
The Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau (1865)
Prayer (1865)
Death of Marshal Ney (1867)
Jerusalem, also called Golgotha, Consumatum Est or The Crucifixion (1867)
The Slave Market (1867)
Excursion of the Harem (1869)
L'Eminence Grise (1873)[5]
Arnaut and his dog
The Snake Charmer (1880)

References and sources


"The Duel After the Masquerade". The Walters Art Museum.
Rosenthal, Donald A. 1982. Orientalism, the Near East in French painting, 1800-1880. Rochester, N.Y.: Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. p. 77. ISBN 0918098149
"The Tulip Folly". The Walters Art Museum.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: L'Eminence Grise

"Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: ''L'Eminence Grise''". Mfa.org. Retrieved February 2014.


Ackerman, Gerald (1986). The life and work of Jean-Léon Gérôme; catalogue raisonné. Sotheby's Publications. ISBN 0-85667-311-0.
Ackerman, Gerald (2000). Jean-Léon Gérôme. Monographie révisée, catalogie raisonné mis a jour. ACR. ISBN 2-86770-137-6.
Benezit E. - Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs - Librairie Gründ, Paris, 1976; ISBN 2-7000-0156-7 (in French)
Laurence des Cars, Dominque de Font-Rélaux and Édouard Papet (ed.), The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, (1824–1904), Paris: SKIRA, 2010
Scott C. Allan and Mary Morton (ed.), Reconsidering Gérôme, Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010, in: Art Bulletin 94 (2012), No. 2, pp. 312–316
Turner, J. - Grove Dictionary of Art - Oxford University Press, USA; new edition (January 2, 1996); ISBN 0-19-517068-7
Catalogue of the exhibition in the Musée de Vésoul (August 1981). Jean-Léon Gérôme : peintre, sculpteur et graveur; ses oeuvres conservées dans les collections françaises et privées. Ville de Vésoul.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Gérôme, Jean Léon". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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