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The Cock Fight by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Young Greeks Attending a Cock Fight - Google Art Project

The Cock Fight” by Jean-Léon Gérôme

The Cock Fight by Jean-Léon Gérôme, also known as “Young Greeks Attending a Cock Fight” portrays two near-naked adolescents at the foot of a fountain watching the fight between the two roosters. Their youth contrasts with the weathered profile of the Sphinx and the fountain overall. This painting also represents the artist’s first great successes at the age of twenty-three.

Jean-Léon Gérôme was a French painter and sculptor and his oeuvre included historical paintings, Greek mythology, Orientalism and portraits in the academic painting tradition.

The Cock Fight

  • Title:                    The Cock Fight
  • Alternative:        Young Greeks Attending a Cock Fight
  • French:               Un combat de coqs
  • Artist:                  Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Year:                    1846
  • Type:                   Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:      143 cm × 204 cm (56 in × 80 in)
  • Museum:            Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Jean-Léon Gérôme

  • Artist:                Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Born:                 1824 – Vesoul, Haute-Saône, France
  • Died:                  1904 (aged 79) – Paris, France
  • Nationality:      French
  • Movement:       Academicism, Orientalism
  • Notable works:

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Photo Credit: 1) Jean-Léon Gérôme [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons