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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the oil painting entitled La Soif, translated as Thirst, in 1886. The artist took many trips to La Rochelle, in Western France, where he would portray the peasant lifestyle. He painted many portraits of the local children all well, like in the paintings La frileuse (Chilly Girl), Petite fille bol bleu, A Childhood Idyll, among others. It is believed that the painter hired a local peasant as a model to concluded two paintings of shepherdesses, along with La Soif.
The French painter was most famous for his fantastical paintings of mythological characters, mostly nude portrayals of voluptuous Goddesses and nymphs – the influence of ancient Greeks. By studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, Bouguereau learned the techniques of the past masters of the Renaissance era and eventually took their realistic style to a new level. The painter was able to give a photorealistic finish to his oil paintings, with exquisite compositions, realistic textures, and themes praised by the academies. His anatomical studies were not only done with live models, but also by observing dissection of cadavers.
In La Soif, Bouguereau portrays an ordinary, everyday scene in which a peasant girl takes a sip of fresh water from a large ceramic jug. Her garment is modest but elaborated – she wears a light purple skirt under a dark purple fabric with a golden rim on the back, which is wrapped around her waist. She is on her knees and barefoot – with her right toes pressed against the floor. The model wears a white cotton shirt with folded up sleeves and a light brown corset with red trims over it. Her long dark brunet hair was made into a single braid with a red bow made of lace on the tip.
The sizeable ceramic jug has a bright yellow glaze only on the top half, with some of the pigment dripping down. The girl pulls the pitcher near her lips while it leans on a rock wall – which creates an angle on the canvas, leading the viewer's eyes into the distance. There are many ochre and light green weeds growing on the ground near the large wall as well. The background features mountaintops in shades of green, blue, and violet, all covered by a white mist.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Soif (Thirst), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Soif (Thirst) 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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