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Jean-Léon Gérôme
1824 - 1904
FRENCH
AFTER THE BATH
signed J.L.Gerome lower left
oil on canvas
41 by 32.5cm.,16 by 12¾in.
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Provenance

Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 30 October 1980, lot 88
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Literature

Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gerome with a Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1986, p. 266, catalogued, p. 267, no. 378, illustrated
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Monographie révisée, catalogue raisonné mis à jour, Paris, 2000, p. 328, catalogued, p. 329, no. 378, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1889.

Gérôme's depiction of a young woman in the hammam in the company of her attendant epitomises the bath scenes central to his work in the 1880s and 1890s, and which built on the success of his most celebrated bath scene, La Grande piscine à Bursa shown to great acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1885.

Gérôme had visited Bursa in modern-day Turkey in 1879, but already the genre of the Turkish bath was well established. Delacroix, Ingres, and Chassériau had received critical acclaim for their various nudes set in Turkish interiors. Ingres' famous rendition of this subject in 1862 is an exotic fantasy of voluptuous flesh and writhing bodies. In contrast, After the Bath seems devoid of lasciviousness, the figure seen in a quiet moment of solitude.

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