Jean Leon Gerome (French, 1824-1904)

Jean Leon Gerome (French, 1824-1904)

Prayer at the Sultan's Tomb (Le Tombeau de Kalifes à Brousse)

signed 'J.L. GEROME' lower left--oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 33¼in. (59.6 x 84.5cm.)
Eugene Glenzer, New York
Tomkins; sale, American Art Association, New York, May 5, 1915, $379 to L. C. Hooker
Helen Cranford Thibaut and Margaret Cranford (Alumnae of the Packer Collegiate Institute, 1908 and 1909, respectively, who donated this painting to the school in 1958)
Probably Paris Catalogue, 1883, p. 59
G. M. Ackerman, The Life and Works of Jean Léon Gérôme, New York, 1986, p. 242, no. 266 (illustrated)

Lot Essay

After his first trip to Constantinople in 1854 Gérôme was to have a lifelong fascination with the Orient. He made numerous sketches of the countries he visited such as Turkey, Egypt and Palestine. These drawings were later re-worked in his Paris studio into highly finished paintings, noted for their impeccable draftmanship and sensuous color. His Paris atelier was filled with props from his journeys which he used in combination with his preparatory sketches to re-create the events he had witnessed. Indeed in his very early career Gérôme was known as an "ethnographic painter." Prayer at the Sultan's Tomb was painted in 1878, the same year as his masterpiece La Mosquée bleue (Christie's, New York, February 14, 1996, lot 30)


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