Jean-Leon Gerome was the son of a goldsmith who discouraged him to join the painting studio of a Parisian artist. He worked in France for a while, selling religious cards before moving to Italy.
-Jean-Leon Gerome - Orientalism Movement 1824 - 1904
About Jean-Leon Gerome: The French Artist, Jean-Leon Gerome was Born at Vesoul, France. The range of his works included historical painting, Greek mythology, portraits, Orientalism and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. Jean-Leon Gerome paintings and sculptures are exhibited in many museums and public art galleries.