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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Young Greeks at a Cock Fight - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Young Greeks at a Cock Fight
The Serpent Charmer - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The Serpent Charmer
Arab Girl With Waterpipe - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Arab Girl With Waterpipe
Un Muezzin Appelant du Haut du Minaret les Fidèles... - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Un Muezzin Appelant du Haut du Minaret les Fidèles...
Self Portrait - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Self Portrait
Napoleon and His General Staff - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Napoleon and His General Staff
Horse Merchant in Cairo - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Horse Merchant in Cairo
Interior of a Mosque - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Interior of a Mosque
Nude Woman - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Nude Woman
The Marabou - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The Marabou
Black Bashi Bazouk - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
Black Bashi Bazouk
The First Kiss of Sunlight - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.jeanleongerome.org
The First Kiss of Sunlight

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