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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Léon Gérôme
FRENCH
AT PRAYER, CAIRO
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Léon Gérôme
FRENCH
AT PRAYER, CAIRO
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jean-Léon Gérôme
1824 - 1904
FRENCH
AT PRAYER, CAIRO
signed J. L. GEROME upper right on the beam
oil on canvas
23 by 34cm., 9 by 13½in.
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Provenance

Lasslow (sale: Parke-Bernet, New York, February 17, 1944, lot 12)
Henry Jordan (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired in Chicago after 1945

Literature

Oeuvres de J.L. Gérôme, Bibliothèque National, Paris, XVI, 5
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, London, 1986, p. 294, no. 511, p. 295, illustrated
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Monographie révisée, Catalogue raisonné mis à jour, Paris, 2000, p. 366, no. 511, p. 367, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Gérôme was a frequent visitor to Cairo, first visiting the Mosque of Qaytbay in 1868. Scenes like the present are expressions at once of his admiration for Muslim piety and his fascination with Islamic architecture. Throughout his oeuvre one senses a deep respect for the simplicity and directness of Muslim prayer, and as a strongly anti-clerical Frenchman himself, Gérôme no doubt admired such unencumbered, clergy-free worship. Here, a group of men are absorbed in prayerful contemplation, facing the mosque's mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca.

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