Thursday, 29 October 2015

I just love this Orientalist painting from 1888, "The Black Poet" by Jean-Leon Gerome.


  1. It begs the question, how did he do it? There's no way this was done without photographic reference; the drapery, the motif on the carpet, the tiles, etc.

    I've seen some of his paintings in the Orsay Museum in Paris, and they are HUGE!

    It must've taken him a while to paint this.

  2. They would have had black & white photography back in those days.

    1. Mr Bolland. There's any way to get in touch with you? An E-mail, for example.


  3. Sure, but Gerome made color sketches during his trips. And with a glassplate photograph if you have a light behind it, you can project it onto the canvas.

    This method has been used even befote photography was invented (with mirrors and lenses reflecting the image on a canvas) since the Middle Ages.

    Mind you, you've still got to be an excllent artist/painter even for that.

    Try taking the above image and transforming it into black and white. It will look just like a b&w photograph.

  4. Dear Mr. Bolland,

    How are you? Sorry to bother you here, but I had no other means to contact you.

    My name is Mauricio Muniz and I am writing from Brazil. Along with my associate, Edson Diogo, we have, for the last few years, put together a comic book convention in Brasil, called "Festival Guia dos Quadrinhos."

    "Guia dos quadrinhos" is one of the top comic book websites in Brazil, a free virtual catalogue of every comic published in this country since the 1900s. Here you can check the site and your page in it, with listings for books that have published your works here:

    Our event began as a reunion of comic book collectors, independent creators and small retailers to trade and sell books. The last few shows had panels with some of the main publishers, editors and artists in the country. The event is getting bigger each year, but we still consider ourselves a big reunion of friends that love comics.

    Thus, we would like to invite you, sir, as a guest for our next show, that will take place on April 09 and 10, 2016, in Sao Paulo. It would be a great honour for us and our atendants to have you as our international guest , since you have many, many fans in Brazil. It would be a chance for many of your fans here to meet one of their idols.

    Please, let me know if you would be interested in visiting, so we can start making all the arrangements. I don't know if you usually works with comissions for comic books shows or if you usually sells prints and originals, but we would be glad to accommodate all of that.

    You can check with Mr. Jamie Delano that I am not crazy or anything. We had him here some years ago and it was great.

    Below you can find some links about our show in the local media (all spoken or written in portuguese, I'm sorry!).

    Looking forward to hear from you. You can contact me through these e-mails:

    Best and take care,

    Mauricio Muniz