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The painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the artwork entitled La Vague, also known as The Wave in English, during the year 1896. The artist was most famous for his captivating and idealized female nudes. He mainly worked with mythological themes as well as biblical stories, with figures of goddesses, nymphs, madonnas, among other classical characters. Bouguereau studied anatomy extensively by working with live models and attending sessions of real cadaver dissection, to better understand the internal structures of the human body.
With a Classical Academic background, Bouguereau exceeded in mastering the craft of traditional oil painting, according to the art of the ancient Greek which passed down to the masters of the Renaissance. Artists like Raphael – who he studied intensively – worked with strict structure and composition rules. Bouguereau followed the teachings of the past achieving an almost hyperrealistic portrayal, while, at the same time, modern artists like the Impressionists were working in a completely different direction. For most of his production, the French painter was praised by the critics as well as being featured in the Paris Salon during his whole career, but by the end of his life this was taking a shift as the general taste in art was shifting.
In La Vague, Bouguereau portrays a woman laying on the beach shore and looking directly at the viewer. The model’s voluptuous and pale body follows the beauty standards of the time, captivating the spectators – especially the artist’s wealthy patrons. Like many of Bouguereau’s portraits, the woman looks directly at the viewer’s eyes, but in this case, with a delicate grin. Her curly brown hair falls down her shoulder and almost touches the ground. She lays back while supporting herself with both arms and crossing her bent legs – giving a side view of her body.
The model seems to be laying on a rocky ochre-colored surface with a thin layer of water in strokes of light blue pigments. Behind the muse, a large wave comes almost crashing near here, and the ocean varies from beautiful shades of blue, green and white. The blue sky tends to tones of violet, giving a warm touch to the view. The atmosphere is fantastical, as Bouguereau had no intention of portraying reality as he saw it, but as he imagined it.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Vague (The Wave), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Vague (The Wave) 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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.