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A Calling by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    A Calling by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    A Calling by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1896. The painting is in Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. The original size of the work is 104 x 71 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Seated on a stone step in the countryside, a young girl has realized that her calling in life is to be an artist. Bouguereau was famous for his innovative depictions of children. Bouguereau painted this work in La Rochelle, a harbor city on France’s west coast. During the later years of his life, Bouguereau—by then wealthy and famous—made a habit of spending summers in La Rochelle. (Read more in Cleveland Museum of Art)

    About the Artist: French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle. At the age of twelve, Bouguereau went to Mortagne-sur-Gironde to stay with his uncle Eugène, a priest, and developed a love of nature, religion and literature. In 1839, he was sent to study for the priesthood at a Catholic college in Pons. Here he was taught to draw and paint by Louis Sage, who had studied under Ingres. Bouguereau reluctantly left his studies to return to his family, now residing in Bordeaux. Bouguereau became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts… Read more

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