Truth Coming Out of Her Well

Truth coming out of her well
Artist Jean-Léon Gérôme
Year 1896
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 91 cm × 72 cm (36 in × 28 in)
Location Musée Anne de Beaujeu, Moulins, Allier

Truth coming from the well armed with her whip to chastise mankind (French title: La Vérité sortant du puits armée de son martinet pour châtier l'humanité) is an 1896 painting by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. It was originally known simply as La Vérité.

The subject has been interpreted as a comment to the Dreyfus affair. In 1895, Gérôme had presented a painting where "the nurturer of truth" lies slaughtered at the bottom of a well. When new evidence emerged pointing toward Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy as the real culprit of the crime Dreyfus had been imprisoned for, Gérôme painted Truth Coming Out of Her Well.[1] The nudity of the model refers to the expression 'the naked truth'.[2]

The painting was exhibited at the Salon in 1896.[3] It is part of the permanent exhibition at the Musée Anne de Beaujeu in Moulins, France.[4]


  1. Brauer, Fae (2013). Rivals and Conspirators: The Paris Salons and the Modern Art Centre. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 205–6. ISBN 9781443863704.
  2. Noël, Benoît; Hournon, Jean (2006). Parisiana: la capitale des peintres au XIXème siècle (in French). Paris: DISLAB. p. 147. ISBN 9782952721400.
  3. Ackerman, Gerald M. (1986). The life and work of Jean-Léon Gérôme: with a catalogue raisonné. Sotheby's. p. 276. ISBN 9780856673115.
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