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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the masterpiece entitled Biblis in 1884. The young character known as Biblis (also known as Byblis and Bublis), is derived from the ancient Greek culture and was Miletus’ daughter. Her story is quite tragic, as she fell in love with her twin brother named Caunus.
This story was told in several different versions; in an elaborate version of the story, Biblis sends a letter to Caunus in an attempt to convince him of being with her and how that could be considered normal amongst the Gods. He did not accept this and fled to distant locations, like in Greece and Asia Minor, to stay away from Canus – who follows him and died during her pursuit. In the second version, she commits suicide by hanging herself with her girdle. A different story tells how her brother also instigated the incestuous behavior but fled before losing control of his passionate desires, and Biblis also hangs herself. There is also a very fantastical version of the story in which the desperate girl tries to jump off a cliff only to be saved by a hamadryad – a mythological being from the ancient Greek culture – which transformed her into a nymph.
In the masterpiece Biblis, Bouguereau portrayed the nude Goddess during her moment of despair, after finding out that her brother refused her love offer and fled. According to the myth, she ripped off her clothes in rage. In Bouguereau depicted the model on the ground, leaning over a river with her elbows over some rocks. The artist simplified the junction of the model and the surroundings since he most likely worked with each separately. Her glistening pale skin pops up from the dark green surroundings. Biblis sits on her thighs, with one leg over the other, twisting her body and having her stomach facing the ground. She rests on her forearms and intertwines her fingers in a dramatic pose. Her dark brown hair falls forward, revealing her neck and shoulders.
The pond reflects her light image in between the rocks. There is a small area of green grass on the banks of the water and some taller vegetation growing from behind the model. The far background is extremely dark and mysterious, with subtle changes in brown, green, and gray tonalities.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Biblis, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Biblis that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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