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The result of several studies and versions, the most famous of which in possession of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, this oil on canvas is one of the many products of Gérôme’s infatuation with Muslim culture, architecture, and religion. Painted in 1866 as a result of the artist’s travels through the Near East, it portrays one of the main subject matters approached by the artist, that of the Arabian day to day life.
The rather dramatic piece portrays a muezzin, the chosen person to lead the call to the Friday service at the mosque and to call the faithful for the five daily prayers undertaken by all devout Muslims. A staunch supporter of anti-clericalism, Gérôme made no effort to hide his admiration for the personalist aspect of the Muslim cult, the independence from the little extant clergy.
As such, the choice of spending a great deal of time and effort portraying a distinguished member of Muslim society, not a cleric, but a layman chosen for his character and skills, would not be aimless. The honorable caller is then portrayed here in the act that defines his post, standing atop a minaret overlooking a richly detailed urban landscape. Although Gérôme might have witnessed the background, it is considered much more likely that his portrayal is based on photos from the time.
Details of the city change from version to version, as if Gérôme was trying to find the perfect composition to serve as the backdrop for this meaningful moment, especially the tallest tower which occupies the focal point on the left of the canvas. In contrast, the foreground remains identical from version to version, as if it represented either a place well known to the artist or a group of archetypes well settled in his mind.
Regardless, the subtlety and dramatic with which Gérôme portrays the scene are present not only in its general aspects, like the dignified simplicity of the caller’s apparel and posture, or the exquisite yet harmonic architecture of both the minaret and the city in the background. It pervades every detail of the painting, giving it a verisimilitude that can only be achieved by the most quotidian of situations. Encompassing this is the drama of the muezzin’s facial expression while performing his duty and the smooth haze of dust and heat that sets the mood of the city.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Muezzin, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Muezzin 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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