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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Title Not Known

Artist: Jean Leone Gerome
Title: ?
Signed: Unfinished
Medium: Oil
Size: ca.20 x 14 in?
French Orientalist

Images courtesy of Neal Yasemi

This almost completed painting by Gerome hangs at the Clark museum. Note how the placement of the reflections are outlined in the water. The faces of the women are roughly blocked in at this stage.

Saturday, March 22, 2008



Artist: Jean Leon Gerome
Title: Corinth 1904
Medium: Polychromed marble
Size: 19 5/8 x 0 inches (50 x 00 cm)
Location: Private collection
French Orientalist

Friday, March 14, 2008

Arabs Crossing the Desert

Arabs Crossing the Dessert

Artist:Jean Leon Gerome
Title: Arabs Crossing the Desert 1870
Signed lower left
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 16 1/8 x 22 inches (41.2 x 56 cm)
Location: Private Collection
French Orientalist

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Snake Charmer

The Snake Charmer

Jean Léone Gérôme 1824-1904
The Snake Charmer, 1870
Signed lower left, J.L Gerome 1880
Medium: Oil on Canvas/huile sur toile
Size: 33 x 48 in (83.8 x 122.1 cm)
Location:as of 2007 at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
French Orientalist

The Snake Charmer focuses on a naked boy handling a python while an old man plays a fipple flute. Watching intently is a group of mercenaries differentiated by the distinctive costumes of their tribes, by ornaments, and by weapons. Such erotic and exotic imagery of Near Eastern subjects was very popular in the late nineteenth century. Despite the nearly photographic realism employed by Gérome, the painting is a pastiche of Egyptian, Turkish, and Indian elements that have no basis in reality.
Source: The Clark Institute


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