Sunday, May 17, 2009

Diogenes for the rich

Diogenes (1860) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904).

With Gérôme Academic painting reached it's artistic climax. It's perfect but also artificial, almost synthetic. It is not without certain irony that such a rich and successful painter like Gérôme offered here his wealthy clients the ideal of renunciation.

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