Fernand Anne Piestre Cormon (1845–1924) was a French painter and a Beaux Arts teacher. He was teacher of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901), Henri Matisse (1869-1954), and Henry Sene (1889-1961) among others. Cormon was awarded as member of the Légion d'honneur in 1881. He became one of the leading historical painters of modern France. Some of his masterpieces are: The Murder in the Seraglio (1868), The Harem, (1877), The Death of Ravara, Queen of Lanka, Cain flying before Jehovah's Curse and in grisaille a series of Panels: Birth, Death, Marriage, War, and a large painting A Chief's Funeral.
Cormon has lengthened the shadows as if the light of truth were pursuing the guilty through the bleak plain. He uses earthy colours and vigorous brushstrokes, plastered like Courbet's. The artist insisted on anatomical accuracy and had live models pose in his studio for each figure. 
The Harem, 1877.