The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme June15-Sep12, 2010

The Carpet Merchant by Jean Léone Gérôme

Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme
Title: The Carpet Merchant
Medium: Oil

1886 Jean-Léon Gérôme - Self PortraitImage via Wikipedia

 "Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) was among the most officially honored and financially successful French artists of the second half of the 19th century. His brilliantly painted and often provocative pictures were at the center of heated debates over the present and future of the great French painting tradition. Reproduced using brand new photomechanical processes and dispersed across Europe and America, Gérôme's images indelibly marked the popular imagination, directly influencing spectacular forms of mass entertainment, from theater to film.

Through most of the 20th century, however, Gérôme's critical reputation was tarnished by his alleged commercialism and his stubborn opposition to the triumphant avant-garde movements of Impressionism and Postimpresionism. The first comprehensive exhibition of his work in almost 40 years, this exhibition offers the opportunity to reconsider the variety and complexity of Gérôme's masterful oeuvre. " - Source GettyCenter

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