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William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the oil portrait entitled Jeune Bergere, also known as Young Shepherdess, in 1895, and presently belongs to the San Diego Museum of Art – acquired in 1968. This is one of the artist’s most famous idyllic artworks – meaning he worked with the pastoral scene as his central theme – along with A Little Shepherdess, L’innocence (Innocence), and The Shepherdess.
The ancient Greeks served as a significant influence upon Bouguereau’s work – like the use of pastoral themes, as well his portrayal of mythological and biblical subjects. The artist studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he learned the ways of the past masters of the Renaissance. Bouguereau took their realistic approach to painting to another level, achieving a photorealistic finish. The French painter was featured in the prestigious Paris Salon throughout his career and was adored by the public, attracting the attention of wealthy patrons.
In Jeune Bergere, Bouguereau portrays a young shepherdess out in the fields. Her body is turned to the right while turning her head over towards the viewer. Her dark frizzy hair is tied in a messy bun, and the sleeve of her corset slides down her shoulder, demonstrating that she had been working all day long. Some art historians interpret these factors, along with her expression, represent a sexualization of the young woman – a feature that pleased Bouguereau’s patrons. Either way, the girl’s severe glare and bare feet demonstrate her experience as a rural worker. Bouguereau’s vast knowledge of anatomy is visible even in the most simple postures. The model throws her weight on one leg while holding a twig with some leaves with both hands behind her back – providing a very natural pose.
The shepherdess wears a chin-length gray skirt with a darker fabric bundled at her hips, as well as a beige corset over a white shirt. The folds of the material were done in exquisite detail, and Bouguereau depicts her garment is a messy way – like with only one sleeve folded up. The background shows some green and brown bushes and a green field of grass that leads the viewer’s eyes into the horizon, while some animals can be seen grazing in the distance. The blue-gray and violet pigments of the sky complement the shades of ochre and green of the landscape.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Jeune Bergere (Young Shepherdess), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Jeune Bergere (Young Shepherdess) 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 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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