Jean-Léon Gérôme: Painter





Visual Artist

Jean-Léon Gérôme was French artist who was both a sculptor and painter but is more known for his visual views of the “Orient”. When I say “visual views” I mean sterotyping/profiling. And by the “Orient” art historians and literary and cultural studies scholars mean Middle Eastern, and East Asian cultures but more specifically the Middle East. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and you can say he is the poster boy for a style of painting known as Orientalism. For years I have admired Gérôme’s works, along with Ludwig Deutsch, without knowing anything about them. Here is just a very small selection from the painted works of Jean-Léon Gérôme.

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