Truth Coming out of the Well (To Shame Mankind), by7/18/2021, 6:08:40 PM
Truth Coming out of the Well (To Shame Mankind), by Gérôme. 🎨 A furious naked woman comes after us, whip in hand, from a deep well (maybe in our collective conscience?). This is a reference to the Democritus notion that “truth lies at the abysmal bottom of a well”. It has been argued that this particularly refers the Dreyfus case, one of the many risen from the J’accuse writing by Zola in 1898 that uncovered several social crises in France. This particular one revealed the existence of violent nationalism and antisemitism spread by first-line press institutions. 1895 Gerôme had painted a similar work: Nec Mergitur. It has also been suggested that this painting could mean Gérôme’s disliking for the Impressionist movement. In whatever interpretation we prefer, it is indeed a powerful, universal concept brilliantly brought to canvas in a strong, timeless fashion. 👨🎨 Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904) was the archetypal academic painter, an anti-impressionist whose main work centres around historical and mythological scenes. He followed the classic path of the academicism: an excellent student that travelled across Italy and knew the old masters, won prizes and held exhibitions in official sites, was admired by critics and the public, decorated palaces and was awarded the highest distinctions. He travelled to Turkey and Egypt when he was 30, which left a considerable stamp on his work. During those years the “decadent fashion” of impressionism was starting to bloom, and he came to accept it after the Manet exhibition in 1884. Like many others in academicism, the invention of photography was a turning point for his career. He died in his workshop before a painting of his admired Rembrandt. 📐Height: 91 cm (35.82 in). Width: 72 cm (28.34 in). Oil on canvas, 1896. 🏛Museo Anne de Beaujeu en Moulins. @museeannedebeaujeu What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!