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The French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the artwork entitled The Oreades, or Les Oréades in the original French, in 1902. The name of the title refers to the figures of voluptuous nude women floating up into the sky, which according to Greek mythology are nymphs of the mountain areas. According to the ancient civilization, each variation of nymphs depended on their habitat, for example, the sacred Mount Ida, also known as Mountain of the Goddess. The Oreades were often linked to Artemis, the Hellenic Goddess is known as the daughter of Leto and Zeus, and as a hunter who preferred the mountain and rocky region. Artemis was also the protector of girls and women, therefore another connection to the group of mountain nymphs.
In Bouguereau’s painting entitled Les Oréades, he takes advantage of the theme to show his idealistic academic techniques of oil painting, and his vast knowledge of human anatomy – just as in the fantastical masterpiece entitled L’assaut (The Assault). The painter most likely used one or two models for this composition, brilliantly and carefully drawing each pose to create one giant swirl of human bodies. The nymph’s light skin pop out from the overall dark atmosphere. These characters are known to frolic in the forest during the night and go back to their mysterious world of Gods and Goddesses by soaring up into the sky. Bouguereau captures this fairytale-like scene as the beautiful nude women happily return to their home – each with entirely different postures and expressions.
In the forefront, three fauns gaze in awe at the hundreds of magical creatures dancing in the sky before them. Fauns are mythological creatures that are half man and half goat – their legs are covered in dark brown fur, and they have hoofs where their feet should be. They have human torsos, but also small goat horns and ears. Bouguereau used large and strong men as models – if not just one for the three figures – and they all have their back facing the viewer. The faun on the left is sitting comfortably on the ground, while another grabs his shoulder as if he were shocked by what was passing in front of his eyes. The faun on the right is the only one with a visible face, even though from the side, and he clutches his hands together as in prayer.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Les Oreades, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Les Oreades 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.
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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.
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