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The French Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau finished the artwork entitled Plums, or Les Prunes in the original French, in 1896. During this year, the artist got married to Elizabeth Jane Gardner, also a painter, after becoming widowed in 1877. Bouguereau’s mother was always against him getting married for the second time. Thus, he waited until the year of her death to remarry.
Along with the loss of his first wife, Nelly Monchablon, many of their children passed away from health complications – Bouguereau experienced the death of four of his five children during his lifetime. These traumatic experiences could have been one of the reasons the image of children appears in so many of Bouguereau’s oil paintings. In Plums, the painter portrays a young girl on a long, vertical canvas. She is wearing a simple, light beige peasant dress with short sleeves. The long skirt hits her mid-shin, and she is featured barefoot, like in many other idyllic paintings done by Bouguereau. The term idyll comes from ancient Greek poems which spoke of the simple rural life, and this theme influenced artists throughout the centuries.
The model looks directly at the viewer with her deep, dark eyes. She timidly tilts her head and has rosy cheeks and lips. She has short blond hair which is pulled back, featuring a beautiful texture of frizzy baby hairs. Bouguereau’s knowledge of anatomy allows for realistic portraits with models in natural positions. The little girl sits on a concrete step while leaning on one arm and crossing the other over to the side to hold a wicker basket filled with dark purple plums. The basket is tilted, showing some fruit gathered on one side, as well as a single plum on the ground.
The rural surroundings show many vegetations, like some weeds with small yellow flowers growing by her foot. There are dark large trees and bushes in the background, painted with shades of green and brown, which highlights the girl’s light, soft skin. Bouguereau was praised by art critics and the public for his photorealistic oil paintings, as he was academically trained at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Although Bouguereau admitted having let the public’s taste influence the direction of his art, there is no doubting the excellence of his work.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Les Prunes (Plums), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Les Prunes (Plums) 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.
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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