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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Horse Head in Profile

Horse Head in Profile/Tete de cheval en profil
9 x 12 in oil sketch

Monday, October 22, 2007

An Almehe, 1882

An Almeh

Artist: Jean Leone Gerome
Title: An Almeh, 1882
Signed upper right Jean Leone Gerome, 1882
Medium: Oil on Canvas/huile sur toile
Size: 18.25 x 15 in (46.3 x 38.4 cm)
French Orientalist

An Egyptian dancing girl; an Alma.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gérôme exhibition is being planned for 2010-2011

Self Portrait

Artist: Jean Léone Gérôme
Title: Self Portrait 1866
Signed left center J.L. Gerome
Medium: Oil on canvas/huile sur toile
Size: 12 x 16 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
French Orientalist

A great Gérôme exhibition is being planned for 2010-2011. It will start at the d’Orsay Museum in Paris, and move afterwards to the Walters Museum in Baltimore and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It will contain three sections: painting (about 75 examples), sculpture, and a large presentation of Gérôme’s use of photography. The exhibition will be most grand in Paris, for some exhibits may not travel; and it will be a bit different in each venue. A grand, illustrated catalogue in French and English is planned for the exhibition. When the dates of the various venues are know, they will be announced in this web-site; when the catalogue is available, this site will tell you how to order it, and what it will cost plus P & H. I will be a consultant for the exhibition which will originate in France. Just the fact that an international exhibition to honor Gérôme is in the works indicates that the wind has changed with the installation of younger, fresher administrations in both institutions. In 1904, the centennial of Gérôme’s death, there was not even a small exhibition in France, or anywhere.

Please check Gerald Ackerman's Website for updates and where to find books on Orientalists

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Whirling Dervish, 1899

Whirling Dervish

The Whirling Dervish, 1899
Signed lower left, 1899
oil on canvas/huile sur toile
29 x 37.5 in. (73 x 95 cm)
French Orientalist

The setting has been precisely identified from an old photograph as a qubbah near the Nile that has long since been demolished.

Madame de la Pagerie

Madame de la Pagerie,?
oil on canvas/ huile sur toile
30 3/8 x 25 (77.2 x 63.5 cm)
2007 Fine Art Museum San Fransisco
Signed right center 1875
French Orientalist

The Smoker

The Smoker (Le Fumeur), ?
12.6 x 10 cm (image)
2007 Fine Art Museum San Fransisco
French Orientalist

Head of a Negro Woman of Hedjaz

Signed ?
Head of a Negro Woman of Hedjaz/Tete de negress du Hedjaz 1860
21.4 x 15.6 cm (image)
2007 Fine Arts Museum San Fransisco

Head of a Bearded Man

Signed ?
Head of a Bearded Man
red chalk on paper/
17.4 x 16 cm (sheet)
2007 at Fine Arts Museum in San Fransisco
French Orientalist

Arnout Chief Praying Figure Study

Signed ?
Figure Study for the painting, "La Priere Chez un Chef Arnout.", 1857
graphite on off-white wove
35.7 x 22.8 cm (image)
2007 at Fine Art Museum San Fransisco
French Orientalist

Moorish Bath

signed lower left Jean Leone Gerome, 1890
Moorish Bath, circa 1890
oil on canvas/huile sur toile
29 x 23.5 in (73.6 x 32.5 cm)
2007 at Palace of Legion of Honor in San Fransisco
French Orientalist


Artist: Jean Leone Gerome
Title: Self-Portrait/Autoportait
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 40.6x30.5cm
Location: 2000 Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

Born May 10, 1824(1824-05-10)in Vesoul (Haute-Saône), France
Died January 10, 1904 (aged 79)in Paris, France
Nationality French
Field Painting, Sculpture
Training Paul Delaroche, Charles Gleyre
Movement Orientalism

1846 The Cock Fight
1848 Anacréon, Bacchus et l'Amour
1851 Young Nymph teased by Putti
1855 Century of Augustus Birth of Christ 1855
1857 Camels at Trough
1857 Figure Study for La Priere ches un chef
1857 Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert
1859 Guard of the Harem
1860 Diogenes
1860 Head of a Negro Woman from Hedjaz
1861 Phryne before Areopagus
1861 The Prisoner
1861 Socrates Seeking Alcibiades
1865 Prayer on the Rooftops of Cairo
1865 Egyptian Smoker
1865 Bust of Julius Ceasar
1865 Arnaut Smoking
1865 Julius Cesar among his Legionaires
1866 Dance of the Amlmeh
1866 The Slave Market
1866 Cleopatra before Caesar
1866 Portrait of a Lady
1868 Bashi Bazouk Singing
1869 Bashi Bazouk
1869 Pelt Merchant of Cairo
1870 The Snake Charmer
1870 Public Prayer in Mosque of Amr
1870 Arabs Crossing the Desert
1871 Arnaut of Cairo
1872 Bisharin Warrior
1872 Thumbs Down
1872 Arab and his Steed
1873 Almeh with Pipe
1873 Arab Girl with Waterpipe
1874 Markos Botsaris
1875 An Arab and his Dogs
1876 Veiled Circassian Beauty
1876 Field of Rest Cmetary of Green Mosque
1876 Standard Bearer
1877 Egyptian Girl
1878 Reception of Grand Conde
1879 Muezzins Call to Prayer
1879 Arnaut and his Dogs
1880 A Japanese Imploring a Divinity
1881 Beware of the Dog
1881 Arab Purchasing a Bridle
1881 After the Bath
1882 An Almeh
1882 Grief of the Pasha
1883 Christian Martyre's Last Prayer
1886 Self Portrait
1887 Carpet Merchants
1889 Bather
1889 Love the Conqueror
1889 Harem Bath
1889 Bathsheba 1889
1889 Woman at Bath
1890 Pygmalion
1890 Pygmalion and Galatea
1890 MoorishBath
1891 Sorrow Statue
1895 Arab Encampment at Sunrise
1895 Sarah Bernhardt Bust
1897 Woman of Cairo at her door
1897 Bacchante and Cupid Statue
1898 Sais and his Donkey
1898 The Pipe Lighter
1899 The Whirling Dervish
1902 The Ball Player
1904 Corinth Statue
? Head of a Bearded Man
? Head of a Horse in Profile
? Jean Léon Gérôme in his Studio
? Madame le la Pagerie
? Night
? Prayer in the Desert
? The Smoker
? Seraglio
? Sketch for the Excursion of the Harem
? Colossus of Memnon
? Gray Cardinal
? Reception of the Siamese Ambassador...
Year? king Candaules
? Tomb of the Sultan
? Landscape
? Lion Sketch
? Lion
? Tiger on the Watch
? Slave Auction
? Head of a Peasant from the Roman Countryside
? Mufti Reading in his Prayer Stool
Year? Pyrrhic Dance
Year? Harem in the Kiosk, Constantinople
Year? The Last Judgement Day
Year? View of Paestum
Year? Plain of Thebes, Upper Egypt

Jean Léone Gérôme's Photo


Working in Marble

Artist: Jean Leon Gerome
Title: Pygmalion or Working in Marble 1890
Signed lower left on portfolio cover
Medium: Oil on canvas/huile sur toile
Size: 18.75 x 15.75 in (50.5 x 39.5 cm)
Location: Dahesh Museum, New York
French Orientalist

Gérôme's choice of referencing Pygmalion is an appropriate one for an artist of the academy. These artists were striving for accuracy so real that the sculpture itself might look alive. Academic art did not leave room for individual interpretation of the figure like modern sculpture does. Academic sculptures judged to be the most successful were those that also appeared to be the most real. With the juxtaposition of both the model and the sculpture, only the material of the sculpture indicates which one is real and which one has been created. Their forms are identical. But in this self-portrait Gérôme is not only highlighting his work as a sculptor, but his skills as a painter as well. Though his sculptural skills seem flawless, he makes it clear using paint that one figure is a real model while one is a plaster figure.

Self-portraits like this one are an interesting topic to consider. Perhaps, for the reasons discussed above, Gérôme chose to compare himself to Pygmalion. But look around Gérôme's studio. How else is he portraying himself? Even though he is carving and molding a plaster cast, his studio is remarkably clean. He has also inserted other examples of his sculptural mastery into the painting, including the dancer with the hoop in the background, which was a model for another one of his sculptures. The bust on the shelf behind him is also another one of his sculptures, this time a portrait of the moon goddess Selene. Not only is he interested in the Greco-Roman sculptural heritage, the mask and other exotic objects placed along the back wall highlight his interest in foreign cultures.

Source Dahesh Museum Blog posted by Educator Gretchen Burch September 22, 2006

Pygmalion and Galatea

Signed lower center Jean Léone Gérôme, 1890
Pygmalian and Galatea
oil on canvas/huile sur toile
35 x 27 in (87.5 x 68.6 cm)
Signed right center 1875
French Orientalist

The story of Pygmalion and Galatea, from Wikipedia:Pygmalion was a lonely Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory. According to Ovid he is 'not interested in women', but his statue is so realistic that he falls in love with it. He offers the statue presents and eventually prays to Aphrodite the goddess of beauty and love. Aphrodite takes pity on him and brings the statue to life. They marry and have a son, Paphos.


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