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Jean-Léon Gérôme

Bonaparte Entering Cairo

Artist

Jean-Léon Gérôme
Vesoul, France, 1824 – Paris 1904

Title

Bonaparte Entering Cairo

Date

About 1897

Materials

Multi-patinated bronze

Dimensions

41 x 36.5 x 15 cm

Founder

Cast Siot-Decauville, Paris

Credits

Ben Weider Collection, inv. 2008.414

Collection

Western Art

The art of Gérôme, a pupil of Delaroche, was immensely popular in its day: his works, disseminated in prints, testify to his skill and enquiring mind. He was passionate about history, an indefatigable traveller, an inspiring teacher and bold researcher, helping to launch the neo-Grecian, Orientalist and historicist styles. An accomplished painter, he turned to sculpture, for which he had a gift, in later life. He would work from a very large original to enable the founders to reproduce details with accuracy. His Bonaparte Entering Cairo is one of an initial series of equestrian figures from history he executed in the 1890s. General Bonaparte is shown here at the end of his Egyptian campaign, saluting the crowd, bestriding a highspirited horse saddled in the Oriental manner: it is an effective allegory of a young victor imposing himself on a conquered country.

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