Jean-Léon Gérôme, ‘The First Kiss of the Sun’, ca. 1886, Gallery 19C

“From out the horizon the golden rays of an ascending tropical sun fill the upper air with radiance and just tip with rose light the very topmost stones of the Pyramids.” - New York Times, April 24, 1886

Signature: signed J.L. Gérôme (lower right)

Paris, Salon, 1886, no. 1043 (as Le Premier Baiser du soleil)
Poughkeepsie, Vassar College Art Museum, Jean Léon Gérôme and his Pupils, 1967
Greenwich, Connecticut, Bruce Museum, Elegance and Opulence: Art of the Gilded Age, Winter 1999
Washington, D.C., Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, November 8-30, 2007
Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gérôme and the Lure of the Orient, February 5-July 20, 2014

Fanny Field Hering, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, New York, 1892, p. 132
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris, 1986, pp. 133, 248 and pp. 258-59, no. 345, illustrated
Musée Herbert, Album de voyage des artistes en expédition au pays du Levant, Paris, 1993, p. 34
Gerald M. Ackerman, La vie et l’oeuvre de Jean-Léon Gérôme, 2nd. ed., Paris, 2000, p. 316, no. 325, illustrated pp. 152, 137
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme: Les Orientalistes, vol. 4, Paris, 2000, pp. 316-17, no. 345
Gérôme and Goupil: Art and Enterprise, exh. cat., Paris, 2000, p. 43

Boussod Valadon & Cie., Paris
Crist, New York
George I. Seney Collection, American Art Association, New York, February 13, 1891, lot 246
Knoedler & Co., New York
P.A.B. Widener, Philadelphia
Scott & Fowles, New York
Patrick A. Valentine, Greenwich, Connecticut
Sale: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 18, 1962, lot 76
Acquired at the above sale (and sold: Robert Isaacson, Christie’s, New York, May 6, 1999, lot 9)
Private Collection, Connecticut
Sale: Christie’s, London, June 19, 2003, lot 20, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Jean-Léon Gérôme

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, Vesoul, France, based in Paris, France

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