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Unlike his canvas, Charity, painted thirteen years after Charity or The Indigent Family (1865), William-Adolphe Bourguereau expresses the subjects as the deserving recipients of charity. His later painting on the Christian notion of charity, held in esteem as the highest of the Virtues, was to be an allegorical painting of the manifestation of humility and charity. Charity or The Indigent Family, however, is bot simply a reproduction of generosity, but instead more clearly expresses the social need for friendship between the classes and thus articulates an intrinsically human and lived virtue. Sat at the base of a classical column, a destitute family in ragged clothes beg for alms in a cold stone square. Both an Academic expression of the flexibility of the classical style, it is also a savage criticism on his own society's preoccupation with the past and the regressive ways of thinking that condemned the poor to a life of hardship.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born into a family business of wine and oil traders. Saved from following in his father's footsteps by his Uncle Eugene, a man of the church, who took it upon himself to teach the young Bouguereau the classical and biblical tales and allegories, and arranged for him to be educated at school. Showing early promise as an artist, his father was convinced to send Bouguereau to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, designing labels for jam jars to supplement his meagre living allowance. Once again through the intervention of his uncle, the artist was given his first commission to paint figurative reproductions of his church regulars, and when his Aunt agreed to supplement his income Bouguereau travelled to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, taking extracurricular classes in anatomy and archeology. An in-depth knowledge of Biblical themes, the intricacy of the human form, and the reality of having to struggle for every penny are all deeply expressed in Charity or The Indigent Family.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Charity or The Indigent Family', 1865, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Charity or The Indigent Family', 1865 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
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 plastic 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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