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Jean-Léon Gérôme Self Photograph
French, 1824-1904

Jean-Léon Gérôme: The Pinnacle of Academicism in 19th Century Art

Jean-Léon Gérôme, a French painter and sculptor, stands as a towering figure in the 19th-century art world, renowned for his meticulous technique and diverse subject matter. Born on May 11, 1824, in Vesoul, France, Gérôme’s work epitomizes the academic style that dominated the period. His vast oeuvre, spanning historical paintings, Greek mythology, Orientalism, and portraiture, not only garnered him immense popularity but also positioned him as a leading exponent of academic art. By 1880, Gérôme was arguably the world’s most famous living artist, his works widely reproduced and celebrated across Europe and beyond.

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