Prayer on the Rooftops of Cairo
Jean-Leon Gerome – 1865

19th century Realism. Although I learned about the well known periods of art (Renaissance, Impressionism, Modernism, etc.), I seem to have been deprived of the one period of art that I like. In addition, it is the period and genre that I have now learned the most from, post college degree of course! I am constantly trying to catch up and discover all of the artists that I and so many other students never knew existed.

My new favorite is Jean-Leon Gerome. The Art Renewal Center has a great inventory of his works along with so many other realist painters. Even though I feel somewhat ignorant when it comes to great artists of the 1800’s, I am looking forward to viewing all these works through fresh eyes and a matured appreciation of art. Can’t wait!