Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904)
Femme en priere
Red crayon on paper
Dedicated and signed ‘A Monsieur Mounot / JL. Gérôme’
10.3/4 x 7.7/8 in. (27.3 x 20 cm.)
Jean-Léon Gérôme was a French painter in the style now known as academicism. His range of subjects include historical pieces, Greek mythology, orientalism and portraiture. He was one of the most famous painters of the age. He studied under Paul Delaroche and visited Italy with him but after a fever he was forced to return to Paris in 1844. There he studied under Charles Gleyre.
Gerome was very against Impressionism and other newer styles of painting. He taught at the Academy des Beaux Arts in Paris. Marrying the daughter of art dealer Adolphe Goupil coincidentally helped further his art career, bringing him connections and contacts.
He was very successful at painting commissions for, among others, Napoleon III. In the 1850’s he travelled to Greece and Turkey. He would frequent a small theatre in Paris alongside Berlios, Brahms and Rossini.