Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

Self-portrait (1866)

Jean-Léon Gérôme.
Born 11 May 1824 at Vesoul, Haute-Saune, France.
Attended Ecole des Beaux-Arts and tried unsuccessfully to enter Prix de Rome, a scholarship for art students.
He improved his skills with The Cockfight (1846) winning third-class medal at the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts at Paris, known as the Salon.
His success at the Salon led to a career as painter and sculptor in a style that became known as Academicism.

Phryne before the Areopagus (1861)

The Cockfight (1846


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