Lot 71
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Jean-Léon Gérôme

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
25,000 GBP
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  • Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Bellone
  • signed: J L GEROME, inscribed: E. Muller, and entitled: BELLONE, inscribed: BEN twice, stamped: EMILE MULLER PARIS REPRODUCTION INTERDITE, VR on the inside
  • pottery clay with polychrome glazing
  • 82cm., 32¼in.

Catalogue Note

By placing his spectacular chryselephantine statue of Bellona at the entrance of the Salon exhibition of 1893, Jean-Léon Gérôme caused a sensation among critics. A collaboration between Gérôme, Siot-Decauville (silvered bronze), Moreau-Vauthier and Delacour (ivory), and Lalique (glass), the ambitious and costly work proved divisive but was celebrated for its effective use of polychromy, which is characteristic of the painter's sculptural oeuvre. Gérôme's irreverent design, which represents the Roman deity as a wide-eyed, screaming gorgon, powerfully conveys the terror of war and, in its nightmarish indulgence, has been described as "worthy of a place in a twentieth-century epic movie" (op. cit.). A patinated plaster and glass version of the model in bust-form is housed in the Musée Georges-Garret, Vesoul.

The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), exh. cat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Paris, 2010, pp. 314-315, no. 182