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Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Jean-Léon Gérôme at Musée d'Orsay October 19th, 2010 - January 23rd, 2011
Posted 12/28/10

Some artists can be influential without being particularly good. Jean-Léon Gérôme, one of the most famous French painters of the 19th century, was one of them. For a painter associated with the stodgy academy, he was surprisingly risqué, exploring the world of the Middle East and Orient (mainly through depictions of naked young women in the slave market or harem), and far-reaching, recording scenes of his travels with a photographic precision. Yet he was conservative, as you can see... [more]

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Jean-Léon Gérôme at Getty Center Los Angeles June 15th, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Posted 9/7/10

The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme is uneven, full of fluff, and annoyingly open to the bad historical and curatorial habit of reviving an artist, trumping up why they are important in the first part of a show, only to critique the artist over their inappropriate beliefs in the last few sections. However, at points, perhaps due to Gérôme’s ability to let his allegories hang loose and open to various interpretations, some of the paintings feel current and relevant to many of t... [more]

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