Lion aux aguets (c.1885)

Gérôme, Jean-Léon (1824-1904)

Lion aux aguets (Lion on the Watch)
Oil on wood panel, 72.3 x 100.5 cm
Cleveland Museum of ArtCleveland

In addition to his fascination with the classical past, Gérôme was one of the leading painters of “orientalist” subjects-exotic and romantic themes inspired by Napoleonic adventures abroad, romantic literature, and European colonialism. From 1855, Gérôme travelled regularly in Turkey, Egypt, and Asia Minor. Long fascinated by African animals, he sketched lions in the Paris zoo as a student and later hunted them on safari in North Africa. (CMA)