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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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GEROME.

father remarked with pride his son's proficiency in the drawing-classes of the allege, and, as he was accustomed to make annual journeys to Paris to receive orders and deliver his jeweller's-work, he brought back on one occasion a box of oil-colors, and an original picture by Decamps, which the lad copied, to the great admiration of the neighbors—"persons, let me add, absolutely ignorant of art," says the painter frankly. Among those who visited the parental mansion was a gentleman who, liking Vesoul, came to establish himself permanency in the town, and who had been from childhood a bosom friend of the painter Paul Delaroche. This neighbor, better informed about art than the natives of the little city, counselled the boy to Paris, to De- laroche's studio, then the principal art-This friendly personage soon added to the wallet of young Gerome a friendly letter to the painter of the "Hemicycle," and the parents contributed twelve hundred francs. The atelier of Paul Delaroche then held the foremost rank among the painting-schools.

None were, as now, patronized by the Government. The young prodigy from Vesoul received particular attention from the master,who employed him, among other things, to draw the outlines for his own painting of "Napoleon Crossing the Alps," now at Versailles. He stayed three years with Delaroche. Then occurred, while Gerome was at home on a vacation, an event of which the particulars are still secretly whispered in the French art-schools. The hazing of new pupils was at that period gracefully severe in the ateliers; the scandalized passers-by could sometimes hear from the Rue Mazarinee or the Quai Conti the uproar attendant upon these exercises, and finally a freshman, or nouveau, lost his life from the hardships attendant on admission to the studio of Deharoche. The latter, who had long been indignant at the disorders of his atelier, shut up the place, and on the return of Gerome advised him to pursue his studies with Drolling. "I do not accept two masters," resolutely answered the young man. "As you are going to Rome, I shall go with you if you



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