Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Artwork of the month: Jean Léon Gérôme.

I would like to take a look at two works in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts permanent collection.  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, and 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.