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.

Born at Vesoul (Haute-Saone), he went to Paris in 1840 where he studied under Paul Delaroche, whom he accompanied to Italy (1843-1844). 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.


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The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ
Head of a Peasant of the Roman Campagna - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Head of a Peasant of the Roman Campagna
The Bath - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The Bath
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer
Egyptian Girl - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Egyptian Girl
Whirling Dervishes - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Whirling Dervishes
Bonaparte Before the Sphinx - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Bonaparte Before the Sphinx
Duel after a Masked Ball - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Duel after a Masked Ball
Une Plaisanterie (A Joke) (or Arnaut blowing Smoke... - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Une Plaisanterie (A Joke) (or Arnaut blowing Smoke...
Gladiators - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Gladiators
Femme nue (Nude Woman) - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Femme nue (Nude Woman)
A Japanese Imploring A Divinity - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
A Japanese Imploring A Divinity

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