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Painted by Gérôme circa 1884 and now in possession of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Slave Auction occupies itself of one of the artist’s favored themes: Ancient Rome. Always portraying his subject matter with spectacular grandeur and expertise, working with light, color, and composition, Gérôme produces pieces that are at the same time incredibly lifelike and yet somehow fantastic, almost mystical.
Part of Gérôme’s series of paintings depicting slave markets in antiquity and in his own time, this piece could be understood as related to Selling Slaves in Rome, as both seem to portray a very similar scene from different angles. As such, it would be impossible not to drive comparisons when analyzing either of them. While its relative depicts the scene from behind the slave being auctioned, thus showing clearly the faces in the crowd, this piece depicts her frontally, together with another nude female slave sitting on the ground beside her.
The crowd of Roman citizens, which in the other painting show a variety of reactions to the lot for sale, here is in a frenzy, hands stretched ahead of them placing bids, which could lead to the observer to wonder about what is different from one scene to the other. A partial answer to that question could be resting on the head of the nude standing slave, as she carries on her hair a wreath of what seem like laurels, which could be Gérôme’s way of indicating that she is the prime lot, the most coveted slave.
Another enthralling aspect of this piece is the wealth of colors and detail present. Gérôme goes pull all stops, creating a lifelike environment with the detailed fleshed out background and the verisimilar clothing on the attendants, each a work of art in its own right. To compare it to its sister painting once more, this has a much warmer feeling to it, with red and yellow hues which add dynamism to the scene, making it almost seem alive.
Concurrently a lively and tetric portrayal of Ancient Rome is not only the artist’s but in fact of the 19th-century man’s, imagination, Slave Auction, along with its companion, informs the observer not only on the sublime uncanny art of Gérôme but also on the mentality of the Academic Classicist.
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