Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jean-Leon Gerome

More images for inspiration......
I'm working on a very small figurative piece right now, and I started looking at how wonderfully Jean Leon Gerome paints on such a small scale. Him and Charles Bargue were some of the best draftsmen the French Academy  could boast about. I personally spend a lot of time oohing and aahing over marks made in painting..... but I think it is a good idea to keep in mind those masters that really tried to get all of their painting to a high-level finish. It's not easy, especially on a small scale. If any of you have ever seen the gorgeous Bargue painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston of an Arab sentinel, you would know what I mean. The thing is superb, showy marks or not. 

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