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Finished around the year 1889, this oil on canvas is now in possession of private collectors after spending some time in an exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago. A great example of Gérôme’s less known work, it shares many characteristics not only with the artist’s famed Academic Classicism style but also with others who came before him.
From the thematic standpoint, Gérôme maintains the Ancient Roman mythological influence, portraying as the main character of the scene the stereotypical Cupid, Aphrodite’s servant who made people fall in love with each other by shooting them with enchanted arrows. The magical winged nude child stands haughtily resting his hand on his bow amid a selection of great felines including tigers, lions, and panthers.
The animals are rendered masterfully, with thick silky furs, rugged, muscular structure, but an almost unnaturally calm mien. The latter is, of course, not a failing, but a feature of the painting, whereas Gérôme places all these beasts peacefully coexisting to show that even the largest, most savages of beasts are no match for the power of love, thus the title.
Breaking with his usual choices, in this piece, the artist’s technique approaches the chiaroscuro, with darkened borders and background, from which the main characters protrude in much lighter tones. Such use of light provides a moodier tone to the scene, ominously hiding features of the background and giving a stronger sense of volume to the characters, the Cupid and the large felines.
On the subject of the background, Gérome portrays the scene in an enclosed space which resembles the inside of a circus trailer, which is reinforced by the presence of the ball in the foreground, a stereotypical accessory for circus animals. That choice of context in a way undermines the idea that even the most powerful beasts in nature are vulnerable to the powers of the Cupid.
The creatures in question do not share the savagery of their free brethren, but instead have already been subdued by humanity’s hand, which in practice would mean that the title of the painting applies only within the boundaries of civilization. Whether this means that the artist wanted to communicate that all within the power of humanity is subordinate to love or that civilization makes one vulnerable to the powers of the Cupid is a matter that the observer must answer by themselves.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Qui que tu sois, voici ton maitre (Whoever you are, here is your master) (or Love the Conquerer), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Qui que tu sois, voici ton maitre (Whoever you are, here is your master) (or Love the Conquerer) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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