French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
artist © : public domain

GÉRÔME, Jean-Léon
Vesoul, Haute-Saône 1824 - Paris 1904

Maker: Siot-Decauville

Figure ailée
Winged Figure

c. 1890
bronze

statuette
26 x 11 7/16 x 9 1/16
top of base: J.L.GEROME
side of base at rear: SIOT DECAUVILLE / FONDEUR / PARIS
side of base at rear: P780

Acc. No. : RES.39.70
Credit Line : Bequest of Miss Grace M. Edwards

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts

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Provenance

  • 1939, October 11, bequest of Grace M. Edwards to the MFA

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 27 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1972 Evans, Ackerman, Ettinghausen
    Bruce H. Evans, Gerald M. Ackerman, Richard Ettinghausen, Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904), Dayton Art Institute, 1972

Comment



Museum's label text, 2011:
The son of a goldsmith from Vesoul, Gerome studied in Paris and Rome, making his debut at the Paris Salon of 1847 with painting The Cockfight, for which he won a third class medal. This was the beginning of an extremely successful career during which he specialized in painting classical genre scenes with realism and precision. Always retaining a strict allegiance to the tenants of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Gerome evolved a style that has been called Neo-grec.
In 1878 Gerome turned his talent toward sculpture, representing many of the same Neo-classical subjects, such as this Winged Figure of Victory. He brought to that medium the same exquisite modeling, attention to detail, and clear, precise form found in his painting, giving many of his work, both bronze and marble, polychromatic surfaces.