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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jean-Leon Gerome (French painter, 1824 - 1904)

Gérôme was also successful as a sculptor. His first work was a large bronze statue of a gladiator holding his foot on his victim, shown to the public at the Exposition Universelle of 1878. This bronze was based on the main theme of his painting Pollice verso (1872). The same year he exhibited a marble statue at the Salon of 1878, based on his early painting Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid (1848). Aware of contemporary experiments of tinting marble (such as by John Gibson) he produced Dancer with Three Masks (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen ), combining movement with colour (exhibited in 1902). His tinted group Pygmalion and Galatea provided his inspiration of depicting himself in several paintings as the sculptor who could turn marble into flesh such as in the painting Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) (Metropolitan Museum, New York) Among his other works are Omphale (1887), and the statue of the duc d'Aumale which stands in front of the château of Chantilly (1899). 
The Bacchante
Idyl 
Michelangelo
He started experimenting with mixed ingredients, using for his statues tinted marble, bronze and ivory, inlaid with precious stones and paste. His Dancer was exhibited in 1891. His lifesize statue Bellona (1892), in ivory, bronze, and gemstones, attracted great attention. at the exhibition in the Royal Academy of London, The artist then began an interesting series of Conquerors, wrought in gold, silver and gems Bonaparte entering Cairo (1897); Tamerlane (1898); and Frederick the Great (1899). Influence In 1853 Gérôme moved to the Boîte à Thé, a group of studios in the Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris. This would become a meeting place for other artists, writers and actors. George Sand entertained in the small theatre of the studio the great artists of her time such as the composers Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms and Gioachino Rossini and the novelists Théophile Gautier and Ivan Turgenev. He started an independent atelier at his house in the Rue de Bruxelles between 1860 and 1862. He was appointed as one of the three professors at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He started with sixteen students, most who had come over from his own studio. His influence became extensive and he was a regular guest of Empress Eugénie at the Imperial Court in Compiègne. When he started to protest and show a public hostility to "decadent fashion" of Impressionism, his influence started to wane and he became unfashionable. But after the exhibition of Manet in the Ecole in 1884, he eventually admitted that "it was not so bad as I thought". (From wikipedia)
Dahesh Palitz
Pygmalion and Galatea
Pygmalion and Galatea
End of session
The Bath

 Painting Breathes Life into Sculpture
Painting Breathes Life into Sculpture
Camels at the Trough
Chariot Race
The jump Mettius Curtius
Polyphemus
Promenade du Harem
The Sword Dance
Greek Interior
The Bath
The Cock Fight
Reception des ambassadeurs siamois par Napoléon III et l'Imperatrice Eugenie dans la grande salle de bal Henri II du chateau de Fontainebleau, le 27 juin 1861.
Summer Afternoon on a Lake
Tigress with cubs
On the Desert - Walters
Thirst
Oedipus,or General Bonaparte in Egypt




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