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Jean-Léon Gérôme
French, 1824–1904

The Smoker

Etching, before 1868
Gift of Winthrop H. Perry, 1913.104

In the second half of the 19th century, Jean-Léon Gérôme was one of the most highly sought after and highly paid artists in France. Gérôme’s early Neoclassical paintings, loosely based on Greek antiquity, dealt primarily with leisure; however, he is perhaps best known for the dramatic realism portrayed in historic genre scenes produced later in his career. Gérôme was an exponent of Orientalism in 19th-century France and this print of an Egyptian man smoking a long pipe is a reflection of his fascination with the East.