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“Afternoon Along The Nile” 19th Century Antique Academic Museum Oil Painting on Canvas by Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)


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“Afternoon Along The Nile” Oil Painting On Canvas By Jean-Leon Gerome

Frame Size: Width: 32″ x Height: 23.25″

Frame Thickness: 5″

Picture Size: Width: 22″ x  Height: 14″


Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was a renowned French painter and sculptor who played a significant role in the 19th-century art scene. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail, academic style, and historical and Orientalist subjects. Gérôme’s works were highly sought after during his lifetime and continue to captivate art enthusiasts to this day.

One of Gérôme’s notable oil paintings on canvas is titled “Afternoon Along The Nile.” This particular artwork measures 14″ in height and 22″ in width, showcasing Gérôme’s ability to create intricate details within a relatively small space. The painting portrays a serene scene along the Nile river, capturing a tranquil moment in the heat of the afternoon.

In “Afternoon Along The Nile,” Gérôme skillfully depicts the reflection of houses and horses as they gather near the riverbank to drink water. The composition is set from a distance, allowing the viewer to observe the scene from afar. Despite this distant viewpoint, Gérôme’s attention to detail remains intact, revealing his remarkable skill in capturing the delicate features and anatomical precision of the horses.

The painting exudes a sense of warmth and stillness, embodying the essence of a hot afternoon in an Egyptian landscape. Gérôme’s mastery of light and shadow is evident in the way he portrays the sunlight reflecting off the water and illuminating the surrounding elements. The artist’s careful rendering of the houses, horses, and the play of light on the water’s surface adds depth and realism to the composition.

Gérôme’s choice of subject matter and meticulous execution in “Afternoon Along The Nile” reflects his fascination with Orientalist themes. During his career, he frequently visited and drew inspiration from the Middle East, particularly Egypt. His works often showcased scenes from everyday life, historical events, and architectural wonders of the region.

Overall, “Afternoon Along The Nile” stands as a testament to Jean-Léon Gérôme’s artistic talent and his ability to create engaging and visually captivating compositions. The painting’s distant viewpoint combined with Gérôme’s attention to detail brings forth a sense of tranquility while immersing the viewer in the scorching heat of an Egyptian afternoon.

Collections holding paintings by Gerome include the :

The Muezzin, 1866, Joslyn Art Museum

On the Desert, before 1867, Walters Art Museum

The Horse Market, 1867, Haggin Museum

The Death of Caesar, 1867, Walters Art Museum

Bashi-Bazouk, 1868–1869, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bashi-Bazouk, 1869, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Prayer in the Mosque, 1871, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Femme circassienne voilée, 1876, Qatar Museums Authority

The Standing Bearer, Unfolding the Holy Flag, 1876, Haggin Museum The Wailing Wall, 1880, Israel Museum The Tulip Folly, 1882, Walters Art Museum

The Saddle Bazaar, Cairo, 1883, Haggin Museum

The Two Majesties, 1883, Milwaukee Art Museum

Slave Market in Ancient Rome, c. 1884, Hermitage Museum

A Roman Slave Market, c. 1884, Walters Art Museum

Souvenir of Achéres, 1903, Columbus Museum of Art

The Tryst (exterior), after 1840, Saint Louis Art Museum

The Tryst (interior), after 1840, Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Vincent de Paul, 1847, Musée Georges-Garret, Vesoul

Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme (brother of the artist), 1848, The National Gallery, London Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme (brother of the artist), c.1848, Fitzwilliam Museum Anacreon, Bacchus, and Eros, 1848, Musée des Augustins

Portrait of a Woman, 1848, Art Institute of Chicago

La République, 1848–1849, Petit Palais, Paris

Michelangelo Being Shown the Belvedere Torso, 1849, Dahesh Museum of Art

The Duel After the Masquerade, version of 1859, Walters Art Museum

Diogenes, 1860, Walters Art Museum

The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, 1863, Walters Art Museum

Napoleon in Egypt, c. 1863, Princeton University Art Museum


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