Reconsidering Gerome
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Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904) was an undisputed success during his life. Crowds flocked to see his vibrant compositions and thanks to mass marketing of his work through mechanical reproduction, he reached audiences on an unprecedented scale. Despite Gerome's undisputed accomplishments, his success met with critical hostility. Emile Zola, champion of Edouard Manet, dismissed Gerome as a cynical manufacturer of anecdotal images for popular consumption - a critique repeatedly levelled at artists in the years since. In light of revisionist and postmodern trends over the past four decades, however, Gerome's work is now being approached with unprecedented seriousness and refreshing candour. The ten essays in this volume go far in challenging critical biases against the artist and indeed suggest that we are just beginning to learn how to 'read' Gerome's paintings in their full complexity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 165 x 239 x 12mm | 392g
  • Getty Publications
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • 8 full colour & 27 b&w illustrations
  • 1606060384
  • 9781606060384
  • 662,353

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"This engaging group of perspectives 'by this younger generation of scholars' attempts to redefine key terms and practices and contests the notion that Gerome's detailed images were intended for merely 'passive consumption.'"--H-France Review "Opens the field to fresh scholarship."--The Burlington Magazine "Refocusing attention on the work of Gerome, long dismissed as an antihero of modernism, this groundbreaking publication puts a new critical spin on aspects of his art once reviled - his popular appeal and the attendant mass reproduction of his paintings, his zeal for anthropological accuracy, his pictorial narrative techniques, and his cinematic imagination." - Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor, Seton Hall University -This engaging group of perspectives 'by this younger generation of scholars' attempts to redefine key terms and practices and contests the notion that Gerome's detailed images were intended for merely 'passive consumption.'---H-France Review -Opens the field to fresh scholarship.---The Burlington Magazine -Refocusing attention on the work of Gerome, long dismissed as an antihero of modernism, this groundbreaking publication puts a new critical spin on aspects of his art once reviled - his popular appeal and the attendant mass reproduction of his paintings, his zeal for anthropological accuracy, his pictorial narrative techniques, and his cinematic imagination.- - Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor, Seton Hall University This engaging group of perspectives by this younger generation of scholars attempts to redefine key terms and practices and contests the notion that Gerome s detailed images were intended for merely passive consumption. H-France Review

" Opens the field to fresh scholarship. The Burlington Magazine



" Opens the field to fresh scholarship. "The Burlington Magazine"

""" This engaging group of perspectives by this younger generation of scholars attempts to redefine key terms and practices and contests the notion that Gerome s detailed images were intended for merely passive consumption. "H-France Review"" "Refocusing attention on the work of Gerome, long dismissed as an antihero of modernism, this groundbreaking publication puts a new critical spin on aspects of his art once reviled - his popular appeal and the attendant mass reproduction of his paintings, his zeal for anthropological accuracy, his pictorial narrative techniques, and his cinematic imagination." - Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor, Seton Hall University" "This engaging group of perspectives 'by this younger generation of scholars' attempts to redefine key terms and practices and contests the notion that Gerome's detailed images were intended for merely 'passive consumption.'"--"H-France Review " "Opens the field to fresh scholarship."--"The Burlington Magazine"""
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About Scott Allan

Scott Allan is assistant curator in the Dept of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Mary Morton is curator of French painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
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