Arts Everyday Living: In Search of the Exotic—The Art of the Soldier

IN SEARCH OF THE EXOTIC THE ART OF THE SOLDIER

 

When you draw, form is the important thing; but in painting the first thing to look for is the general impression of color.

Jean-Leon Gerome*

Jean-Leon Gerome, Bashi-Bazouk, 1868-1869, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

I’m reposting a blog I wrote in 2015, while I’m away.

Nineteenth century Academic French painter Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904), like many of his artist contemporaries, traveled to the then distant and exotic Middle East during his career.  Drawn by the fascinating allure of its people like the proud soldier or Bashi-Bazouk of the Ottoman Empire, whom Gerome depicts in his typically realistic and richly colored style.

*Quote is based on recollection of Gerome’s student American Kenyon Cox.

 

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