The brilliance of Jean-Leon Gerome

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Phryne before the Areopagus :  Oil painting in 1861.

Snake Charmer – 1970

Jean-Leon Gerome (May 11, 1824 – January 10, 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.

Arabs crossing Desert 1870


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.

The hookah lighter 1898

Gerome Pygmalion

Pygmalion and Galatea , 1890

Duel After a Masquerade Ball

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Selling Slaves in Rome

Selling slaves in Rome

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