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Lion on the Watch

Lion on the Watch

c. 1885

Jean-Léon Gérôme

(French, 1824-1904)

Oil on wood panel

Framed: 105 x 133 x 13.5 cm (41 5/16 x 52 3/8 x 5 5/16 in.); Unframed: 72.3 x 100.5 cm (28 7/16 x 39 9/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. F. W. Gehring in memory of her husband, F. W. Gehring 1945.25

Description

In addition to his fascination with the classical past, Gérôme was one of the leading painters of "orientalist" subjects-exotic and romantic themes inspired by Napoleonic adventures abroad, romantic literature, and European colonialism. From 1855, Gérôme travelled regularly in Turkey, Egypt, and Asia Minor. Long fascinated by African animals, he sketched lions in the Paris zoo as a student and later hunted them on safari in North Africa.

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