Signed portrait of Jean-Léon Gérôme, painter of 'Phryné' ca. 1875
A rare and very unusual portrait of the famous French painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme. His painting of Phryné inspired us for this online exhibition.
His paintings were so widely reproduced that he was "arguably the world's most famous living artist by 1880." The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits, and other subjects, bringing the academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period.
Albumen print on cardboard, CdV size. Signed in fountain pen in the picture by J-H Gérôme.
We add one of these reproduced paintings: Phryne devant l'Areopage
Phryne before the Areopagus is an 1861 painting by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. The subject matter is Phryne, a legendary courtesan in ancient Greece who was put on trial for impiety. Phryne was acquitted after her defender Hypereides removed her robe and exposed her naked bosom, "to excite the pity of her judges by the sight of her beauty." The painting was exhibited at the 1861 Salon.
Woodburytype on original cardboard by Goupil.