In addition to his fascination with the classical past, Gérôme was one of the leading painters of "orientalist" subjects-exotic and romantic themes inspired by Napoleonic adventures abroad, romantic literature, and European colonialism. From 1855, Gérôme travelled regularly in Turkey, Egypt, and Asia Minor. Long fascinated by African animals, he sketched lions in the Paris zoo as a student and later hunted them on safari in North Africa.

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  • Title: Lion on the Watch
  • Creator: Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904)
  • Date Created: c. 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 105 x 133 x 13.5 cm (41 5/16 x 52 3/8 x 5 5/16 in.); Unframed: 72.3 x 100.5 cm (28 7/16 x 39 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Frederick Gehring, Cleveland. Given to the CMA in 1945.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1945.25
  • Medium: oil on wood panel
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower left: j. l. gerome
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. F. W. Gehring in memory of her husband, F. W. Gehring
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1945.25

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