Enemy of the Impressionists, vilified by the modernists, autocratic teacher of Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins and several painters who would later be labeled American Impressionists, and one of the most controversial, successful and popular painters of the last half of the 19th Century, Jean-Léon Gérôme stood out from the labels of Orientalist and Academic that are usually applied to him.
Despite the criticisms that can be leveled at him (and there are justifications for several), Gérôme was above all a masterful painter; and it seems to be in that spirit that the Getty Center in Los Angeles is presenting The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, an exhibition of his work over a span of 40 years.
The exhibition runs from June 15 to September 12, 2010.
For more, see my previous post on Jean-Léon Gérôme.
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