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Reconsidering Gerome
     

Reconsidering Gerome

by Scott Allan, Mary Morton, J. Paul Getty Museum Staff
 

ISBN-10: 1606060384

ISBN-13: 9781606060384

Pub. Date: 09/14/2010

Publisher: Getty Publications

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was an undisputed professional success during his lifetime. Crowds flocked to see his vividly rendered historical and Orientalist compositions, and thanks to the mass marketing of his work through mechanical reproduction, he reached audiences on an unprecedented scale.

From the outset, however, his success met with

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Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was an undisputed professional success during his lifetime. Crowds flocked to see his vividly rendered historical and Orientalist compositions, and thanks to the mass marketing of his work through mechanical reproduction, he reached audiences on an unprecedented scale.

From the outset, however, his success met with critical hostility. Émile Zola, champion of Édouard Manet, dismissed Gérôme as a cynical manufacturer of anecdotal images for popular consumption—a critique repeatedly echoed by historians of modern art. In light of revisionist and postmodern trends over the past four decades, however, Gérôme’s work is now being approached with unprecedented seriousness and refreshing creativity. The ten essays in this volume go far in challenging critical biases against the artist and suggesting new avenues of research. These papers indeed suggest that we are just beginning to learn how to “read” Gérôme’s paintings in their full complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606060384
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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