Jean-Leon Gerome, career
French Haute Saone, Vesoul - the birthplace of the artist, which is rightly called "the academician academicism" - Jean-Leon Gerome (11/05/1824 - 10/01/1904 years) At the beginning of Jean-Leon was trained by his father, gold Goldsmiths, which helped him develop a refined artistic taste.
Initial training skills of the artist Jerome received in Vesoul, and in the age of seventeen, to continue his education, he moved to Paris. Since 1841, he perfects his skills in the outstanding French painter Paul Delaroche, which was the main reason for the choice of classicism style all his works, both in painting and in sculpture. Within 2 years, together with the teacher, Jerome travels through the scenic Italy. To a greater extent than the beautiful cities of Italy, a young artist is influenced by Italian landscapes. Additional training it provides a well-known teacher - Charles Gleyre. Failure to obtain awards and grants to continue their studies in 1846, does not stop the talented artist.
Next year it becomes a turning point in his career as an artist: Paris Salon, the painting "Young Greeks amuse cock fight" Jean-Leon declared itself as an accomplished artist. During this period, which lasted until 1853, Jerome wrote a number of fine paintings, continues the tradition. Fascination with ancient and more ancient history leaves its mark on the creative path of the master. Observation of the artist and his talent is clearly visible in the image fine details of the plot, as well as flawless transmission of light contrasts in landscapes and portraits. Visiting Palestine and Egypt, the artist plays with amazing accuracy the hot climate and the characteristics depicted humans and animals. Surprisingly accurately conveys the artist in his paintings national characteristics: facial features and skin color of people.
Talent and skill of Jerome were appreciated in 1848. He was one of the "Prix de Rome" for the painting "The Virgin, Baby Jesus and Saint John." But the biggest recognition of him as an artist, there were many students and a group called "Greek Revival" - lovers of Greek neoclassicism.
1865 - Election of a member of the French Institute.
1867 - obtaining the title of Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor.
1869 - Election of a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in the UK. Receiving the Order of the Red Eagle of Prussia King William I.
In the last years of his life as a master studied sculpture.
Creative way of Jean-Leon Gerome led him to success. Leading art museums in the world were honored to put a picture of this master of painting.