Bacchante on a Panther by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1855. The painting is in Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. The size of the work is 71,4 x 111,3 cm and is made as an oil on fabric.
Part of a series of six paintings that decorated Etienne Bartholony’s house in Paris, these paintings emulate ancient Roman designs. Crisp, cut out forms are set against a gold background painted in imitation of mosaic. Arion was an ancient Greek poet who escaped death by riding away on the back of a sea creature who had been attracted by the poet’s song. In the companion picture, a bacchante—a female worshipper of the wine god Bacchus—rides on a panther, the god’s symbolic animal. (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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