1824 - 1904
LES RAMEAUX (CHRIST'S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM)
signed: JL GEROME, stamped: SIOT-DECAUVILLE / FONDEUR / PARIS, and numbered: E982
bronze, brown and gilt patina
80.5 by 74cm., 31⅝ by 29⅛in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some minor dark spotting to the golden areas.
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Gérôme created this model of Christ entering Jerusalem in 1897 together with the model of Flight into Egypt, which depicts the Virgin and Child on a donkey.
The majority of Gérôme’s sculptures date from the last part of his career. Interestingly, the present model also appears in his painting of the Entry into Jerusalem made in the same year, which demonstrates that sculpture and painting are closely related in Gérôme’s oeuvre.
Whilst Gérôme is known for his sensuous Orientalist nudes, this sculpture is made with as much detail and refinement and the foundry Siot-Decauville produced casts of the highest standards.
G. Ackerman, Jean Léon Gérôme, Paris, 2000, pp. 110-112, 280 and 322-323, no. S. 40; S. Richemond, “Les Orientalistes” Dictionnaire des sculpteurs XIX-XX siécle, Paris, 2008, p. 97