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Jean-Léon Gérôme

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  • Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Portrait d’enfant
  • signed J.L. GEROME and dated 1844. (center left)
  • oil on canvas
  • diameter: 15 in., 38.1 cm


Private Collection, France
Didier Aaron, Paris
Acquired from the above in 1994


Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, monographie révisée, catalogue raisonné mis à jour, Paris, 2000, p. 212, no. 9.5, illustrated pp. 19, 213

Catalogue Note

Dated 1844, Portrait d’enfant was completed during Jean-Léon Gérôme’s travels in Italy with his teacher, Paul Delaroche, after the closing of his Parisian atelier. It was a transformative and productive year for the young Gérôme, sketching local people, villages and nature, preferring to study from life rather than visit the great museums of Rome (Ackerman, p. 21). The artist produced at least six other head studies of rural Italian people, and the subject of the present work is likely a child of the region.