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In William-Adolphe Bouguereau's 1878 allegorical reproduction of Charity the artist demonstrates the highly-skilled and highly-traditionalist style of genre painting that made him one of the leading painters of his day. An accepted and lauded member of the French Academy, Bouguereau's realist paintings enunciated themes from the classical era as well as of mythological subjects and Biblical tales. The subject of the painting, the Christian virtue of Charity, was often reflected in the artist's personal life. Although a member of the often-derided Academy tradition, Bourguereau, used his standing in the art world at the time to allow women to study at many leading French art institutions including the Academie Francaise. Although the idealized, photo-realistic world of his painting that was so popular with the patrons and commissioning bodies of the time was often criticised by more radical elements in society, Bourguereau's attitude towards his — often female — subjects was one of respect and inclusion.
Charity is both an allegorical and didactic painting. In Christian dogma the theological notion of charity is held in esteem as the highest of the virtues. Not simply an extension of 'love', charity is more related to interconnection and friendship and exists as an intrinsically human and lived virtue. According to many theologians, charity is a pre-requisite for achieving happiness, and yet the watchful, sheltering gaze of the female figure in Charity appears to be concerned only with the fulfilment of her children's needs, as the rigidity of her form is contrasted in the sprawling, eager reproductions of the children. Bourguereau's knowledge of the contours and anatomical expressiveness of the human body is demonstrated impeccably in Charity, and elegantly reflects within the subject matter his attitude to the education of the next generation of art Academicians, regardless of gender.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Charity 1878, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Charity 1878 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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