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Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904) “Evening Prayer,” or “Prayer in the East” Signed “J.L. GEROME” center left along the edge of the wall of the roof Oil on cradled mahogany panel, 19 1/2 x 31 7/8 in. (49.5 x 81.0 cm) Estimate: $400,000–600,000

Rediscovered Gérôme Leads Skinner September 21 Fine Art Auction

On Friday, September 21, Skinner presents a two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings.

The marquee lot of the sale is by Jean-Léon Gérôme. This newly rediscovered orientalist painting called “Evening Prayer” (Lot 266, Estimate: $400,000–600,000) has been described as a “perfected” version of one of Gérôme’s most evocative compositions, showing Muslim men at prayer on a Cairo rooftop. With all the technical hallmarks and intellectual nuances of his art, it has recently been confirmed as an original work by his hand, and returned to the artist’s oeuvre. It has not appeared at auction since it was sold at the Christie, Manson and Woods, London, Modern Pictures auction on May 5, 1888.

Robin S. R. Starr, vice president and director of American & European Works of Art, notes, “We’re excited about the depth and breadth of the works in the September art auction, from a rediscovered Gérôme masterpiece to a considerable number of fresh to the market works from private collections, including of the composer, lyricist, author, playwright, recording artist, and performer, Dory Previn.”

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