<em>Leaving the Oasis</em> repeats several themes in Gérôme's art—camel caravans, oases, and expansive desert landscapes. As an academic realist, Gérôme painted everyday scenes in a meticulous and polished style. Here he carefully rendered the unique forms of the figures' dress and the camels' physical features, as well as the colors of the changing sky and the violet shadows cast by the airborne dogs and the legs of the camels. Although the picture's smoothness and detail suggest a photographic image, Gérôme actually composed his paintings in the studio, basing them on memories and sketches from his visits to the Near East. Following his first trip to Egypt in 1856, he developed into a major figure among 19th-century "Orientalists"—artists who specialized in representing Near Eastern life, culture, and landscapes.

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  • Title: Leaving the Oasis
  • Creator: Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904)
  • Date Created: 1880s
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 67.3 x 98.4 x 9.5 cm (26 1/2 x 38 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.); Unframed: 50 x 81.2 cm (19 11/16 x 31 15/16 in.)
  • Provenance: New York sale, Parke-Bernet, 25 April 1968 (lot 265, repr.)., Los Angeles sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, 27 May 1974 (lot 81, repr.)., Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, Cleveland. Given to the CMA in 1977.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1977.126
  • Medium: oil on wood panel
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower center right: j. l. gerome
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1977.126

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