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Jean-Léon Gérôme

- Paris, Salon, 1848

This striking full-length portrait represents Armand Gérôme (1827-1850), the artist’s younger brother. He is shown wearing the dark uniform of the Ecole polytechnique, a prestigious school of higher education founded in 1794. This sober outfit allows the painter to focus on his brother’s face, with its drooping eyelids and slight pout. Appearing somewhat melancholic, the young man would die of meningitis two years later.Gérôme only made a handful of portraits, selecting his sitters from his close circle of friends or his family. The present painting was exhibited at the 1848 Salon in Paris but believed lost until its recent rediscovery. It is a wonderful expression of Gérôme’s talent – he was only 24 years old at the time – as well as his refined and elegant manner. The smooth surface, ingenious use of light, dramatic composition and sophisticated details make it a magnetic work.

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 –1904) was a French painter and sculptor. 



Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (French, 1891-1915), Male Nude Standing, c.1913. Ink, 37.4 x 24.2 cm.

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Irving Penn     Painter Balthus, Paris      1948

“I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things…” Balthus


Yves Klein (French, 1928-1962), Anthropométrie “Le Buffle” (ANT 93), 1960-61. Pigment and resin on paper laid down on canvas, 178 x 280.4 cm.


Jean Vimenet (French, 1914-1999), Autoportrait au chiffon rouge [Self-portrait with red cloth], 1954. Oil on canvas, 86 x 58.5 cm.


Sébastien Norblin (French, 1796-1884), Cyparissus, 1825.


Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932).  Avenue de Clichy – Five O’Clock in the Evening1887, oil on canvas, 69 x 54 cm, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford


Jacques Reattu (French, 1760-1833), La Vision de Jacob, 1792, Oil on canvas, Reattu Museum, Arles, France

Émile Friant (French, 1863-1932), Ombres portées, 1891. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. [x]



Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952), The Cyclist (also known as Self-portrait), c. 1900. Oil on canvas, 167.8 x58.5 cm. Private collection.