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    JEAN-LEON GEROME (French 1824 - 1904)
    Anacréon 3 (Cupidon s'enfuit), circa 1881 - 1889
    Oil on canvas
    23-3/10 x 32-1/8 inches
    Signed lower left J.L. GEROME
    Paper labels on the reverse with the poem Love's Night Walk and Love's Night Walk III

    PROVENANCE:
    Anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 11, 1933, Lot 76b, as A Greek Interior;
    Anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 11, 1972, Lot 21;
    Schweitzer Gallery, New York;
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, January 20, 1978, Lot 180, illustrated, as L'Amour et le Vieillard;
    Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

    LITERATURE:
    Fanny Field Hering, The Life and Works of Jean Léon Gérôme, New York, 1892, p. 271;
    Gerald Ackerman, The Life and Works of Jean Léon-Gérôme with a Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1986, No. 290, pp. 246-247, illustrated

    This work, being the third in a series of four, depicts the subject of the poet Anancreon and Cupid. The first and second, Cupid at the Door in a Rainstorm and Young Love's shivering limbs the embers warm, portray a sopping Cupid seeking shelter with Anancreon. Upon gaining admittance he smugly warms himself by the fire. In the present composition Cupid shoots Anancreon as he flees, leaving another victim in his wake. The fourth, The Poet dreams of Cupid by the Fire, depicts Cupid holding a portrait of Anacreon's love and taunting him as he rests beside the fire.



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    Auction Dates
    November, 2006
    9th-10th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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