• Gerome: Truth and the Well

    1 month ago - By Gurney Journey

    Jean Leon Gérôme produced several paintings of Truth as a nude woman holding a whip as she emerges from a well. The idea is based on an aphorism by Democritus: "We know nothing of reality, for Truth is hidden in a well."
    Gérôme was thinking of photography in connection with this idea. The camera offered immediate access to a source of truth that was not previously available. It seemed to transcend subjectivity and it gave artists a valuable tool.
    Gérôme was positive and progressive in his views on photography. He said: “Photography is an art. It forces artists to discard their old routine...
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