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The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the masterpiece entitled La nymphee, also known as The Nymphaeum, in 1878. The painter built a reputation in Europe and even in America for his captivating artworks of female nudes – both critics and the audience praised him for this style of painting. Nude or not, Bouguereau portrayed numerous women in his artwork, from shepherdesses, peasant women, to goddesses, nymphs, and madonnas, all idealized and classically depicted.
Like many of Bouguereau’s most well-known works, La nymphee was concluded with the intention of showing the work in an exhibition. During the same year it was painted, is was shown at the Universal Exposition in Paris, with a total of paintings, including La nymphee. Each piece working with different motifs like portraits, religious paintings, allegorical, among others. Because of his astounding show of versatility, Bouguereau won the medal of honor for his work.
Bouguereau’s artwork was always featured in the yearly Paris Salon, one of the most prestigious honors for an artist of the time. The acknowledgment of the Paris Salon was a great opportunity for any artist to build a successful career – but there had to be a certain commitment to the standards of the Classic Academy, like a high technical standard based on the ancient Greeks, as well as religious or mythological themes. Bouguereau’s love for the past masters of the Renaissance, especially the work of Raphael, lead him into creating breathtaking artworks.
In La nymphee, the artist portrays a scene of idealized, but inaccessible, sensuality. Thirteen voluptuous and nude nymphs bath in a natural oasis. All of the female figures seem to be the same woman, showing that the artist was not interested in portraying reality as he saw it, but the ideal world he wished to create. Bouguereau went against the avant-guard painters of the Impressionism, and many other artists who worked with a naturalist approach, for his art was not true to life itself. In the forefront of La nymphee, a woman lays stomach facing down on the green grass, while other two women get out of the pond on the left side of the canvas. Two girls sway in a swing, while another woman inside the water pulls on them. The composition of this work was meticulously done to create a harmonious scene. In the background, seven women pose on the distant rocks under the shade.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La nymphee, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La nymphee 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 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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