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Jean-Léon Gérôme
FRENCH
ARNAUT DRINKING    
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
11
Jean-Léon Gérôme
FRENCH
ARNAUT DRINKING    
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jean-Léon Gérôme
1824 - 1904
FRENCH
ARNAUT DRINKING    
signed and dated JL GEROME / 1856 upper left
 
 
oil on panel
24 by 17.5cm., 9½ by 7in.
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Provenance

Petr Boutkine, Moscow (1865-1933; Russian diplomat at the consulate in Brussels)
Boussod Valadon & Cie, Paris, no. 28384 (purchased from the above)
Baron von Westenholz, Hamburg (purchased from the above on 18 August 1905)
Private collection, Germany

Literature

Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, with a catalogue raisonné, 1986, London, p. 290, no. 497
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme: monographie révisée, catalogue raisonné mis à jour, 2000, London, p. 362, no. 498, catalogued (as lost)

Catalogue Note

Arnauts, hailing from Albania, were among the bashi-bazouks or mercenaries of diverse origin employed by the Ottoman army (see lot 15). Of particular interest to Gérôme, Arnauts pervaded his work from the late 1850s onwards. They could stand as figures for Ottoman authority, as in Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert (1857 Salon), in which Arnauts lead forced conscripts on their march; or represent Muslim piety, as in Prayer in the House of an Arnaut Chief (1857 Salon). In a different vein, in the present work - like many others that show Arnauts relaxing, playing chess, or dancing and merry-making - the Arnaut is glimpsed off guard, taking refreshment from a fountain in a shady street.  

 

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