Young Girl Going to the Spring by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1885. The painting is in Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. The size of the work is 160,5 x 73,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
One of Bouguereau’s favorite motifs was the idealized peasant girl dreamily engaged in rustic activities. The innocence and simple grace of this subject (cleaner than her real-life counterparts would have been) epitomize the sentimental, non-threatening peasant archetype especially preferred by Bouguereau’s upper-class and American patrons. The artist used a young girl from his native village of La Rochelle as a model, but such images owe less to actual rural life than to Bouguereau’s knowledge and love of the classical tradition. (Read more in Dahesh 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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