The Slave Market: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme: The Slave Market
The Slave Market

The Slave Market by academic artist Jean-Léon Gérôme shows a female chattel slave being inspected for health by a prospective buyer, possibly in North Africa or the Middle East. The woman’s passivity is signaled by the dropping of her arms in resignation. It was painted in 1866, nine years after Gérôme painted a similar work, titled Buying a Slave.

Jean-Léon Gérôme’s The Slave Market is in the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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