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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the innocent oil painting entitled Children With the Lamb in 1879. The painter was most famous for his artworks depicting beautiful and idealized women – from sensual nymphs and Goddesses to motherly and sacred figures inspired by the Bible, like Mother Mary. The choice of theme as well as the painter’s realistic technique derived from his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, which base their work on the past masters of the Renaissance, and consequently the art and culture of the ancient Greeks.
In 1866, Bouguereau experience his first tragic loss when his third child, Jeanne, passed away from tuberculosis. Less than ten years later, their second child, Georges, died at the age of fifteen, also because of health complications. By 1877, the artist’s wife, Nelly Mochanblon, passed away and their youngest daughter, Maurice, also passed shortly after. Having to go through so many difficult losses may have impacted the artist’s career, as he concluded many portraits of children.
In Children With the Lamb, Bouguereau portrays two young boys holding a small lamb. The child on the left side of the composition is holding the pure white baby lamb in his arms and is featured with curly brunet hair while facing the other boy in the forefront. The child on the right is portrayed on his side view, while gently kissing the animal. Bouguereau featured this boy with dark curly hair and with two kinds of fabric wrapped around his torso. The artist was able to create a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere – the essence of these two children. The background was painted with different shades of green, depicting the surrounding vegetation. There are some detailed branches and leaves near the central figures, and the images get less defined and darker farther into the background.
The critics and public, in general, praised Bouguereau for his artwork. He was featured at the Paris Salon during his entire career and worked for wealthy patrons – concluding commissioned works of oil portraits, religious images, and beautiful nudes. Children With the Lamb has a religious atmosphere and could have been a commissioned portrait of the children of one of Bouguereau’s patrons. The artwork stands out for the soft texture of the boy’s skin and the perfect anatomy, especially the hands – giving this painting a hyperrealistic finish.
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