Jean-Leon Gerome1824 - 1904
Jean-Leon Gerome was a member of an established cadre of painters who dominated French artistic life for most of the nineteenth century. Among the most celebrated artists in this circle were Jacques Louis David (1748 – 1825), Jean Auguste Ingres (1780 – 1867), Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863), and Theodore Gericault (1791 – 1824). The Museum owns one painting by Gericault, Two Lions (after Peter Paul Rubens), c. 1820, and a lithograph by Delacroix, Le Tigre Royale, c. 1829. At the end of the nineteenth century, Salon painters fell out of repute as modern artists took over, headed by the likes of Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) and Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919).
Jean-Leon Gerome travled to North Africa, Egypt, and Turkey during his life time and is known for his smooth style and orientalist subjects.