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Lion in the Desert

Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Jean-Léon Gérôme

French, 1824-1904

Lion in the Desert, ca. 1885

oil on canvas

support: 27 x 36 3/8 inches (68.58 x 92.3925 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Patricia Parkinson Neff and Grace de Cernea Reiniger in memory of their mother Lucia Depew Hurd, 1972

1972:13

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Inscriptions

inscription / front, lower center / J. L. Gerome

Provenance

Mrs. Lucia Depew Hurd, Buffalo;
donated by her daughters to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1972

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Oil painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Lions take center stage in a number of compositions Jean-Léon Gérôme painted throughout the 1880s. At the time, paintings and sculptures by French animalier artists were increasing in popularity among the general public. However, Gérôme’s interest in the subject dated to his student years, when he regularly went to the zoo in Paris to sketch lions. A safari in North Africa in 1885 further fueled his fascination with the animal. It was there that his zeal for exotic subjects and the desert terrain took root. This sketchy and sun-filled landscape of a drinking lion is actually an unfinished composition—the artist’s underdrawing in black ink is still visible.

Label from Menagerie: Animals on View, March 11–June 4, 2017

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