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The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the masterpiece entitled Compassion! in 1897, and it was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français during the same year. In fact, he was so proud of the results of this painting that he displayed it again three years later at the prestigious Universal Exhibition, also in Paris. Bouguereau created this artwork especially to show in the gallery, meaning it wasn’t a commissioned piece, so he had the total creative liberty to do whatever he thought was his best work.
The painting Compassion!, more than ever represents Bouguereau’s academic values. As a student of the École des Beaux-Arts, the French artist learned the techniques of past masters of the Renaissance era, like Raphael. By reproducing their works, Bouguereau captured the essence of working with realistic and idealized images but brought it to another level of photorealism. Like the Renaissance artists, the painter too was influenced by the art and culture of the ancient Greeks. Throughout his career, Bouguereau was praised by critics and the public. He was often awarded in Salons over Europe, especially the Paris Salon, in which hundreds of thousands of people would visit to see his work.
After losing three of his five children to health issues, as well as his wife, Nelly Monchablon, Bouguereau felt the pain of grief and translated it into many paintings, like Pieta. In Compassion!, the artist also interprets the tragic quality of a significant loss, although it is not a specific reference to a passage from the Bible. The artwork shows Jesus Christ hung on the cross, while an older man is standing by him carrying a large cross. This man can be interpreted as a representation of the humankind as a whole, as he hugs the fragile body of Christ.
The overall painting is dark, and the sky is filled with gray clouds as a storm approaches from the distant horizon. To the right of the long vertical canvas, behind the central images, a small green bush was painted to balance the composition and complement the color palette. The body of Christ is extremely pale, and a streak of bright red blood runs down the side of his chest. He wears the crown of thorns, and a dark shadow covers his face.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Compassion!, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Compassion! 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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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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