The Duel After the Masquerade

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The Duel After the Masquerade
Jean-Léon Gérôme - The Duel After the Masquerade - Walters 3751.jpg
Artist Jean-Léon Gérôme
Year 1857-1859
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 39.1 cm × 56.3 cm (15.4 in × 22.2 in)
Location The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

The Duel After the Masquerade is a painting by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, currently part of The Walters Art Museum collection.


In 1859, William Thompson Walters, purchased The Duel After the Masquerade at the National Academy of Design in New York for $2,500.[1] The painting is a replica of the Suite d'un bal masque painted by Gérôme for the duc d'Aumale and exhibited at Gambart's London Gallery in 1858.[1] The original is part of the collection of the Musée Condé in Chantilly, France.[2] It was not unusual for artists to replicate their own paintings and other versions had also been painted for Prince Alexander[disambiguation needed] of Russia and for the Ali Pacha[disambiguation needed]. Walters asked the manager of the exhibition at the National Academy of Design for a letter of authentication from Gérôme and a comparison of the work he had purchased to the original.[1]

The original became famous almost overnight with the critics of the salon speculating about Gerome's sources for the incident depicted in the painting.[3] In a poll taken in the winter of 1909-1910, Baltimoreans were asked to identify their fifty-five favorite works of art and The Duel After the Masquerade topped the list.[1]


The scene is set on a gray winters morning in the Bois de Boulogne. A man dressed as a Pierrot has been mortally wounded and has collapsed into the arms of a Duke de Guise. A surgeon, dressed as a doge of Venice, tries to stop the flow of blood, while a Domino holds his head. The winner of the duel, dressed as an American Indian, walks away with his second, Harlequin. In the background, carriages wait in the distance, offering a getaway if the police were to arrive. The bizarreness of the scene in regards to the brightly colored costumes turns to pathos at the sight of blood on the Pierrot.[3]

Exhibition History[edit]

  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Royal Academy of Arts, London; *Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 2000-2002.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004.
  • Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. 2007-2008.
  • The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Musee D'Orsay, Paris. 2010-2011.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Johnston, William R. (1999). William and Henry Walters : the reticent collectors. Baltimore, Md. [u.a.]: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. p. 17. ISBN 0801860407. 
  2. ^ "Musée Condé". Suites d’un bal masqué. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ackerman, Gerald M. (2008). jean-Léon Gérôme : his life, his work ([English ed.]. ed.). Paris: ACR Editions. p. 50. ISBN 2867701015. 
  4. ^ The Walters Art Museum -The Duel After the Masquerade