Artwork of the month by Jean Léon Gérôme

5February 2009

I would like to take a look at two works in the permanent collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Jean Leon Gerome was an amazing oil painter.  His sense of composition and his application of oil paint was profoundly admired and copied.  I do not want to talk much about this because my knowledge of this artist is limited to these two works, both of which I chose to ignore for a decade.  
Jean Léon Gérôme
French, 1824-1904
“The carpet merchant”
1887, oil on canvas
“Young Greeks in the Mosque”
1865, oil on panel

Theses are surprisingly small works…
…rendering the real is easier when done smaller.