Jean-Léon Gérôme French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 804

This arresting picture was made after Gérôme returned to Paris from a twelve-week journey to the Near East in 1868. He was at the height of his career when he dressed a model in his studio with garments and accessories he had acquired abroad. The artist’s Turkish title for this picture—which translates as "headless"—evokes the poorly paid auxiliary soldiers who fought ferociously for plunder under Ottoman leadership, although it is difficult to imagine this man charging into battle wearing such an exquisite silk tunic. Gérôme’s virtuosic treatment of textures provides a sumptuous counterpoint to the figure’s dignified bearing.

#6013. Bashi-Bazouk

Bashi-Bazouk, Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, Vesoul 1824–1904 Paris), Oil on canvas

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