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(2019) Glitched: “Portrait of Armand Gérôme” (1848) by Jean-Leon Gérôme.

The original painting is a 19.75 x 17.25 in. (50.2 x 43.8 cm) oil on canvas portrait of the artist's 21 year old younger brother, Claude-Armand Gérôme. The painting depicts Armand posing in the military uniform of École Polytechnique where … (read more)

(2019) Glitched: “Portrait of Armand Gérôme” (1848) by Jean-Leon Gérôme.

The original painting is a 19.75 x 17.25 in. (50.2 x 43.8 cm) oil on canvas portrait of the artist's 21 year old younger brother, Claude-Armand Gérôme. The painting depicts Armand posing in the military uniform of École Polytechnique where he was enrolled. Tragically, the younger Gérôme died just two years later (1850) at the age of 23, from meningitis.

Not surprisingly, the original painting was kept by the painter for the rest of his life, and was ultimately bequeathed to the National Gallery of London in 1917. It is currently on loan to Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

For this piece I wanted to change up my normal order of operations and see if any interesting results would be obtained. It was an excellent learning experience. I did nearly 190 different iterations looking for a feel that I felt contained both tragedy and vitality (of youth that was lost by Armand’s early demise). Nothing seemed quite right, so I spent some time away from the work and started over. Within 12 simple, but carefully chosen glitch effects, I had the final piece, with which I am very pleased.


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