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M.S. Rau
New Orleans
Medium
Signature
Signed J.L. Gerome (lower right)

When Jean-Léon Gérôme visited Egypt for the first time, he became enraptured with what he saw and began making the Orientalist paintings for which he is now famous. Gérôme’s oeuvre included a wide number of subjects, including history, Greek mythology, and portraiture—many of which would feature his signature, sumptuous female nudes. He was hailed for his ability to render theatrical narrative scenes with luminous figures; some of his compositions were so successful that he recycled them in various iterations. Gérôme also produced ornate figural sculptures with materials like ivory, metal, precious stones, gold, and silver. Among the most officially honored French artists of his time, Gérôme studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as under Paul Delaroche and Charles Gleyre.

High auction record
£2.1m, Christie's, 2008
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Exhibitions
2020
DICKINSON at Masterpiece Online 2020DICKINSON
2017
The San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques ShowGuarisco Gallery
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Leda and the Swan, 19th century

Oil on canvas
32 1/2 × 29 in
82.6 × 73.7 cm
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Location
New Orleans
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MSR
M.S. Rau
New Orleans
Medium
Signature
Signed J.L. Gerome (lower right)

When Jean-Léon Gérôme visited Egypt for the first time, he became enraptured with what he saw and began making the Orientalist paintings for which he is now famous. Gérôme’s oeuvre included a wide number of subjects, including history, Greek mythology, and portraiture—many of which would feature his signature, sumptuous female nudes. He was hailed for his ability to render theatrical narrative scenes with luminous figures; some of his compositions were so successful that he recycled them in various iterations. Gérôme also produced ornate figural sculptures with materials like ivory, metal, precious stones, gold, and silver. Among the most officially honored French artists of his time, Gérôme studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as under Paul Delaroche and Charles Gleyre.

High auction record
£2.1m, Christie's, 2008
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Exhibitions (2)
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