Recreation in a Russian Camp: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme: Recreation in a Russian Camp

Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1855 painting Recreation in a Russian Camp depicts a moment of respite for Russian soldiers as they enjoy the playing of music.

The foreground group encircles the players as an audience as they would encircle the enemy in a combat operation. Overhead birds fly in formation against a placid sky and seem to grace the recreation in a harmonic approval.

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