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Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)
Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)

Pygmalion et Galatée

Details
Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)
Pygmalion et Galatée
signed 'J.L. Gerome' (lower right)
oil on canvas
37 x 29 in. (94 x 74 cm.)
Painted circa 1890
Literature
G.M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, London, 1986, p. 268, no. 388 (illustrated p. 269) as location unknown.
Exhibited
London, Louise Whitford Gallery, Dreamers and Academics, 1981.

Lot Essay

In 1892 Gérôme exhibited a life size group in marble of Pygmalion with the statue of Galatea coming to life. It was probably from this sculpture that Gérôme was inspired to create a series of pictures of Pygmalion and Galatea seen from different angles.

The prime version of Galatea seen from behind is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (see Ackerman, op. cit., no. 385).
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