Pygmalion and Galatea by Jean Leon Gerome

Pygmalion and Galatea

(Pygmalion und Galatea)


Jean Leon Gerome

1890   ·  Öl auf Leinwand  ·  Picture ID: 606732

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Sensual, realistic and faithful to every detail: Jean Leon Gerome's paintings are based on an immediacy of presentation that touches and surprises the viewer. At a time when Impressionism had already gained a foothold in painting, Gerome's works are outsiders, relics of historical pictorial art - yet not simply backward or even nostalgic.

In focus Geromes is often the female form. Here she makes the center of the portrait in her uncovered, bright and smooth physicality. It is precisely these strong light-dark contrasts that highlight the figure of the galatea. Still half-stoned below the waist, so statically fixed on her pedestal, she leans out of her hip towards the artist Pygmalion. In the otherwise dim light of the studio, it almost merges with her, in a movement facing the beloved, but unstable when standing. The persons and objects are highly naturalistic, but their meaning is fictitious. The antiquarian depiction goes back to a narrative from Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which the artist Pygmalion falls in love with a female statue he has created and brings it to life through the mediation of the goddess Venus. An arrow-shooting Cupid points to the love relationship of the main characters, an ancient shield for a fight. Masks with wide-open mouths remind of Medusa images; they dramatize and comment on the scene in a negative way. All attributes are evidence of ancient mythology, which is hereby cited and puts the couple in this context.

The reception of antiquity in the 19th century is an expression of historical ideas, but it was barely up-to-date in the visual arts towards the end of the century. Gerome lets her be brought to life through his painting in two ways: through the illustration of the literary model as well as through the visual inscriptions of Cupid, shield and masks. Here, the painter put together two of his typical pictorial themes, in addition to the inclusion of antique motifs and the representation of an artist.

Pygmalion and Galatea by Jean Leon Gerome
famale · blocks · sculpture · artist · pedestal · embrace · studio · naked · woman · steps
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Other art prints by Jean Leon Gerome
Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra, 1890 Pool in a Harem The Flight into Egypt Veiled Circassian Lady, Tanagra, The End of the Sitting, c.1896 Portrait Bust of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actress, c.1890 (tinted marble) Daphnis and Chloe by Jean Leon Gerome Polyphemus, Venus Rising The Moorish Bath Naked Woman, c. 1889 Prayer in the Mosque The Slave Market in Rome, c1883-c1884 Bonaparte before the sphinx
Other art prints by Jean Leon Gerome
Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra, 1890 Pool in a Harem The Flight into Egypt Veiled Circassian Lady, Tanagra, The End of the Sitting, c.1896 Portrait Bust of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actress, c.1890 (tinted marble) Daphnis and Chloe by Jean Leon Gerome Polyphemus, Venus Rising The Moorish Bath Naked Woman, c. 1889 Prayer in the Mosque The Slave Market in Rome, c1883-c1884 Bonaparte before the sphinx
Other motives from the category Female nude
Bathsheba Bathing A Sea-Nymph, 1881 Nude Negress The toilet. Naked in the towel Standing Nude Nude Women Leda and the swan, 1832 Leda and the Swan The Penitent Magdalene, 1858 The Origin of the Red Rose Three Nude Women Standing female nude with stockings The Spring Venus with Cupid Stealing Honey Venus
Other motives from the category Female nude
Bathsheba Bathing A Sea-Nymph, 1881 Nude Negress The toilet. Naked in the towel Standing Nude Nude Women Leda and the swan, 1832 Leda and the Swan The Penitent Magdalene, 1858 The Origin of the Red Rose Three Nude Women Standing female nude with stockings The Spring Venus with Cupid Stealing Honey Venus
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Starry Night Lambs head on a plate LIle to Nettles Two Men Contemplating the Moon Standing female nude with stockings Napoleon Crossing the Alps on 20th May 1800 Naked Young Man Sitting by the Sea, 1836 The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog The Soul of the Rose, 1908 Young Hare A Shunga (erotic) print: All Passion Spent - The Satisfied Woman, c.1855, (colour woodblock) Wiltshire Landscape, 1937 (watercolour) polyphonic white The Convalescent. 1888 Portofino seen from Rapallo. C. 1906
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Starry Night Lambs head on a plate LIle to Nettles Two Men Contemplating the Moon Standing female nude with stockings Napoleon Crossing the Alps on 20th May 1800 Naked Young Man Sitting by the Sea, 1836 The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog The Soul of the Rose, 1908 Young Hare A Shunga (erotic) print: All Passion Spent - The Satisfied Woman, c.1855, (colour woodblock) Wiltshire Landscape, 1937 (watercolour) polyphonic white The Convalescent. 1888 Portofino seen from Rapallo. C. 1906

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