Sunday Masterpiece: Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme
L'Eminence Grise
Oil on Canvas, 27 x 40 Inches

There's a definite resurgence of interest in French Academic Realism. For the most part, Bouguereau doesn't appeal to me; his fixation on pre-adolescent females is generally pretty creepy. Gerome, however, trips all of my triggers, and I can happily spend an entire afternoon with his paintings. This particular piece is in Boston, and I've seen it many times. The light is breathtaking, especially in person.