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Few adjectives could do justice to this painting produced by Gérôme in 1883 other than majestic indeed. In this oil on canvas, currently in possession of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the artist let fly his scenic expertise, producing a deeply aesthetically pleasing piece. Even though a simple depiction of a feline gazing into the Sun would have been considered an unremarkable subject matter by most Academic Classists, Gérôme tackles it with such technique and feeling that one cannot help but to be awestruck.
Sitting atop a craggy mound, the lion, corpulent and solitary king of the beasts and one of the eponymous majesties, gazes intently at the setting Sun, monarch of the skies and second majesty. The position and movement of the majesties contrast each other. As the eventide arrives and the daytime monarch retires from the skies, the lord of the savannah stands stoically in watching, surveying his domains and staring down the celestial being.
Between them stand soft rolling hills, sand dunes, and the Sun’s resting place, the ocean. Gérôme composes the landscape with grandeur, achieving an effect of an endless stretch of terrain, encompassing not only the savannah but the whole world. The huge lion sees itself as above everything there is in this moment, as the only entity that overlooked him now sinks into the ocean.
The air of quiet solemnity in the scene is reinforced by the colors used by the artist, a soft palette of blues in the sky turning into purples and contrasting with the Sun’s glowing orange orb. For the land, a palette of browns and pastel colors seems to originate from the lion itself, marking it as an integral part of its environment, its darker shade marking its elevated importance and individuality.
The only vertical element in an otherwise mostly horizontal landscape, the Lion stands out dramatically from the composition, all the while perfectly complementing the Sun’s insinuated downward movement. The dichotomy between light and dark is, as such, explored in this painting as a contrast between celestial and earthly, day and night, heavenly and animal.
A sublime escape from Gérôme’s usual themes of Rome and the Near East, but still clearly inspired by his travels, it still bears that Orientalist awe and appreciation for the exotic. Such peace and wild dignity could only be encountered in the space of the Other.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Two Majesties, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Two Majesties 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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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 plastic 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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