Search

A concrete cantilevered building against blue sky and green landscaping

A large green wall with oil paintings in gold frames above a tiled floor

A museum interior space with paintings and concrete walls and stairs

A concrete-walled lobby with windows, a tiled floor, and a circular desk

The top of a concrete spiral staircase with a wooden railing

A tall tree is the focal point of a garden in between two concrete buildings

About arrow_back

Admission for everyone is always free! Check here for current hours and more.

A concrete cantilevered building against blue sky and green landscaping

Collections arrow_back

The Johnson Museum holds more than 40,000 works in its collection from around the world.

A large green wall with oil paintings in gold frames above a tiled floor

Exhibitions arrow_back

Check out what’s on view this season at the Museum and look back through our history.

A museum interior space with paintings and concrete walls and stairs

Events arrow_back

Free events for everyone, plus special programs for students, families, and more!

A concrete-walled lobby with windows, a tiled floor, and a circular desk

Learn arrow_back

The Johnson Museum actively contributes to the intellectual life of our campus and community.

The top of a concrete spiral staircase with a wooden railing

Support arrow_back

Help the Johnson Museum continue its legacy by making a gift today.

A tall tree is the focal point of a garden in between two concrete buildings

89 of 7,991

Jean-Léon Gérôme

(French, 1824–1904)

Almeh Performing the Sword Dance

View All Works

Object Details

Artist

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Image: 22 3/4 x 31 inches (57.8 x 78.7 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the Membership Purchase Fund

Object
Number

73.009

A brilliant draftsman and meticulous painter, Gérôme was a leading exponent of the academic tradit(…)

A brilliant draftsman and meticulous painter, Gérôme was a leading exponent of the academic tradition; he was widely praised for his highly finished, carefully modeled paintings and was the teacher of many artists, including the American realist Thomas Eakins. Gérôme’s scenes of life in the Near East were well received by an audience that had a taste for exotic subject matter. Between 1854 and 1872, Gérôme traveled extensively throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Portugal. Gérôme is sensitive not only to his human subjects, but also to their often exotic context, accurately depicting the architecture and decoration of the setting. Among his many canvases depicting women in semi-erotic situations, such as the slave market or the bath, are several paintings of the almeh, or belly dancer. According to a contemporary, Gérôme watched a dancer at a cafe and invited her to his studio where he sketched and photographed her and then purchased her dancing costume to take back to France. This painting was done in his studio by combining sketches, props, costumes, and memory. (From “A Handbook of the Collection: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,” 1998)

Discover More

Lake Losepe

William Mason Brown

Bird

St. Pierre Toussaint

Rockin’

Syed Ahmad Jamal

Nude in Tree

Louis Michel Eilshemius

Create an account

Please take a moment to fill your information to create your account.

Reset Password

Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive mail with link to set new password.

Save Artwork

Save the artwork in any of your exhibitions or create a new one.

You have not made any exhibitions.

Create New Exhibition

Create New Exhibition