View 1 of Lot 29. Femmes fellahs au bain.
View 1 of Lot 29. Femmes fellahs au bain.
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Jean-Léon Gérôme

Femmes fellahs au bain

Estimate:

70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Property from the Najd Collection

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Femmes fellahs au bain

Femmes fellahs au bain

Estimate:

70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Lot sold:

50,400

GBP

Property from the Najd Collection

Jean-Léon Gérôme

French

1824 - 1904

Femmes fellahs au bain


signed J.L.GEROME lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 49 by 74cm., 19 by 29in.

Framed: 82.5 by 106cm., 32½ by 41¾in.


We are grateful to Dr Emily M. Weeks for her assistance in cataloguing this work which will be included in her revision of the artist's catalogue raisonné by Gerald M. Ackerman.

Goupil & Cie (purchased from the artist in 1893)
Possibly, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angers,
Boussod, Valadon & Cie (acquired from the above 1895)
Thomas Henry Burchell, New York, (purchased from the above in 1910)
C. E. Snedecor (Snedecor and Company), New York (by 1915)
Millard F. Tompkins (sale: American Art Association, New York, 5 March 1915, lot 39; as Moorish Bath)
E. H. Wendell (purchased at the above sale)
Mr and Mrs J. W. R. Crawford, New Rochelle, New York (sale: Sotheby's, New York, 29 May 1980, lot 104 (as Bathers by the Edge of a River)
Mathaf Gallery, London
Purchased from the above



Possibly, Inventaire de 1904, no. 422
Possibly, Revue libérale, Paris, 1908, p. 5, cited (as Medinet-el-Fayoum)
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris, 1986, pp. 288-89, no. 478, catalogued & illustrated (dated 1903, as Vue de Medinet El-Fayoum)
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 141, cited, p. 152f, catalogued & illustrated
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Monographie révisée, Paris, 2000, pp. 356-57, no. 478, catalogued & illustrated (dated 1893, as Vue de Medinet El-Fayoum, Femmes fellahs au bain)
Possibly, Paris, Exposition de l'Union Artistique, 1904

In the soft light of evening, a group of women bathe and fetch water on the banks of the Canal de Joseph (or Bahr Yussef in Arabic) outside Medinet El-Fayoum, the oldest city in Egypt, which is located some eighty miles southwest of Cairo. Gérôme first explored the subject in two earlier paintings of 1870, one of which is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the other formerly in the Najd Collection. All three versions are inspired by the artist's visit to the city in 1868.


Paul Lenoir, Gérôme's travelling companion who accompanied him on his 1868 tour of Egypt, vividly described the scene along the canal between Sinuris and Medinet El-Fayoum in his records published in 1872: 'The women seem to have chosen this spot to come and draw their water...From the rising of the sun to its setting, hundreds of women and young girls came down to this spot following each other in procession with the majesty of vestals who go to the sacrifice.'