The Youth of Bacchus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1884. The painting is in private collection. The size of the work 330,2 x 609,6 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
The Youth of Bacchus shows a scene of bacchanalia. This was a ritual of drinking and wild dancing that was a part of the Roman festival dedicated to the god, Bacchus. The painting depicts a group of naked or semi-clothed men and women dancing and playing musical instruments, together with mythical creatures such as satyrs, nymphs, cherubs and centaurs.
Despite the title of the painting referring to Bacchus’ youth, he is shown as a middle-aged man with a beard and a huge belly, who is obviously the worse for wear after drinking too much… Read more in williambouguereau.org
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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