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The present picture, unseen for over half a century, may be considered a leading example of the illustrious series of paintings Gerome made in the 1860s depicting Muslim men at prayer.
Signature: Signed J. L. Gerome lower right
Le Figaro illustré, July 1901, illustrated
Oeuvres de J. L. Gérôme, (Bibliothèque nationale, Paris), III, 4
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, London, 1986, p. 294, no. 510, illustrated
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, monographie révisée, catalouge raisonné mis à jour, Paris, 2000, p. 366, no. 510, illustrated p. 367 (as lost)
Post Collection (and sold, Roos, Amsterdam, April 14, 1881, lot 33, illustrated, as La Mosquée)
Van Eeghlen (acquired at the above sale)
Arthur Atwater Kent, Sr. (1873-1949) (and sold, his sale, with auctioneer Roy J. Goldenberg, Los Angeles, November 3, 1949)
Private Collector (acquired at the above sale)
Thence by descent
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.
French , 1824-1904