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Gerome: Introductory and Critical

Gerome: A Collection of the Works of J.L. Gerome in One Hundred Photgravures. Multiple Volumes. New York: Samuel L. Hall, 1881.


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Government for the abolition of marriage. It was in Gerome's school at the Beaux-Arts that the present writer imbibed some of those views on art which will find expression in other parts of this work, and commenced a friendship, most respectful and retiring on one side, but continually marked with overtures of assistance and attention from above to below. The portrait engraved with this notice belongs to the beginning of that friendship, and exhibits how the professor was sometimes willing to record, autographically, his kind recognition ofa pupil. "One of the things," he writes to me more recently, "which in my career of professor are above all agreeable, is to perceive that if I give myself some trouble, I am recompensed for it, and more, by the testimonials of sympathy and scholars."

It would be superfluous to recount in detail the later course of a life personally prosperous, and rich in progressive and harmonious artistic development, but uneventful and uninteresting to the general appreciation. M Gerome has travelled long and far, and his repeated journeys to the East—Constantinople, Palestine, Egypt, and Arabia—have been especially fruitful in material for the crowd of interesting works of which our vol- ume gives but a partial view.
In connection with his picture, "The Duel after the Masked Ball," which first drew general attention to the artist in America, his friends are fond of quoting a humorous and characteristic epigram. In the slang of the atelier, any startling and eccentric bit of work, varying somewhat from the artist's traditions, and calculated to revive a perhaps fading public interest, is called a "pistol-shot." When asked if in his "Duel" he had meant to make an (esthetic explosion of this sort, he is said to have answered, "Really can't say,; I don't like noise, you know, so I thought I would try the sword!"

M Gerome well illustrates the old Latin proverb about the success of the man who miscuit utile dulci. The world has gone well with him, as why should it not? An Academician and an officer of the Legion of Honor, he is a large property-holder as well, with comfortable establish- ments on the Rue de Bruxelles and on the Boulevard de Clichy, and a country-house at Bougival. His frank, generous, and simple character attracts to him the regard and sympathy of all genuine natures. In the practice of an art of which he is an acknowledged master, the esteem of personal friends, and the enjoyment of a well-earned competence, his



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