An overview of Gérôme’s œuvre from his sources of inspiration to his influences on others.
The public perception of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s has changed greatly over the past decades. Long stigmatized as an emblem of sterile academicism, he is now considered one of the nineteenth century’s great image makers. This catalogue highlights and analyzes his bountiful expression of a visual grammar that takes illusionist obsession to the limits of the bizarre and establishes a resonance with all of visual art, including prints, photography and cinema. In particular, the collection will make it possible to propose new approaches to such diverse issues as Gérôme’s place in the French painting of his time, his theatrical conception of historical themes, his complex exoticism, his use of polychrome in sculpture, his role as a teacher, his relationship with historical models, how the figure of this artist galvanized the anti-academy clash at the end of the nineteenth century, and lastly, the singular American destiny of his works. The catalogue sets out to explore, beyond the immediate seductive qualities and accessibility of Gérôme’s oeuvre, its double identity, both erudite and popular, which now renders it so precious to art historians and to the general public.
• The first exploration of the œuvre of Jean-Léon Gérôme using this multidisciplinary approach. • The rediscovery of a great artist by means of this catalogue, which represents a hitherto non-existent monographic work.
Laurence des Cars is chief curator and director of the France-Museum agency. Dominique de Font-Réaulx is chief curator at the Musée du Louvre. Edouard Papet is chief curator at the Musée d’Orsay.
Exhibition Schedule Getty Museum, Los Angeles 15 June – 12 September 2010
Musée d’Orsay, Paris 18 October 2010 23 January 2011
Museo Thyssen, Madrid Spring 2011
Anno di pubblicazione: 2010
Autore: Dominique De Font-Rélaux, Laurence des Cars, Edouard Papet