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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the painting entitled Femme au Coquillage, translated as Woman with Seashell, during the year 1885. The artist became famous for his portrayal of beautiful nude women, mostly nymphs, and Greek Goddesses. As an Academic painter, Bouguereau valued being faithful to reality – depicting what he saw in the most realistic way possible. He studied anatomy from live models, as well as dissected cadavers, and painting nudes was the perfect way of showing his knowledge.
The artist also studied the work of past masters of the Renaissance, like Raphael, mastering their oil painting technique, as well as their way of structuring harmonious compositions, and themes – like mythological and biblical subjects. Throughout his entire career, Bouguereau was featured in the yearly exhibits of the Paris Salon, being praised by the critics and public alike. Although the Academic painter was well seen for the work he accomplished, the avant-guard artists of the Impressionist movement still saw him as everything they went against as artists. Modern painters strived to go against the Academies – who didn’t approve of their way of portraying the world and preached about a new way of making and seeing art. Bouguereau followed the traditional guidelines in which the Academies saw as “good art,” but was able to give his unique touch to his artwork.
The painting Femme au Coquillage portrays a voluptuous nude woman on the beach, holding a seashell over her ear. Bouguereau was a master at depicting correct anatomy in beautiful poses – and this painting is no exception. The model has one knee on the sand, while the other leg is bent with her foot on the ground. She bends her torso to the right side of the canvas, looking directly at the viewer. With one hand in the air, it seems she was caught in mid-motion by a quick click of a camera. She holds up a large shell by her ear, so to hear the sound of the ocean. She has long, dark blond hair, just like a nymph or Goddess. The surroundings show a sandy ground and some dark rocks in the background, with dominant pigments of brown and ochre. The left side of the canvas, on the far horizon, Bouguereau portrayed the sea and sky in tonalities of blue and violet.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Femme au Coquillage (Woman with Seashell), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Femme au Coquillage (Woman with Seashell) 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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