A staggering example of Neoclassicism, William-Adolphe Bouguereau's L'innocence is an allegorical canvas on the virtue of innocence, represented figuratively in the child and the lamb. Representing a purity of form and composition through the highly-realistic interpretation of its subject matter, the artist paints a figurative reproduction of a complete freedom from guilt or sin. Due to his handling of subjects broad enough to be open for public interpretation and for ease of public consumption, Bourguereau was considered one of the most skilled and competent painters in the world of his day. Not receiving even a hint of the controversy of his contemporaries the Impressionists, Bouguereau was held in extremely high esteem by the French Academy yet simultaneously reviled by the more reactionary elements in artistic salons. His fame spread across Europe and, rather than achieve post-humous sales like many of his contemporaries, the artist's work commanded high prices and regularly received commissions.
Purity and innocence were popular subjects for the Neo-Classicists of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The second half of the 1700s saw artists take on an increasingly preoccupation with classical antiquity. The works of Raphael, Poussin, and Lorrain renewed an interest in the virtues of composition, proportion, and simplicity. Spurred on by an influx of archeological discoveries and the rise of national museums, artists such as Bouguereau tended to produce faithful reproductions of the classical themes. More accurately described as an 'Academic' artist, Bouguereau's style was honed under the tutelage of the great European academies of art that advocated traditionalism and a conservative approach. New styles were frequently adopted by the Academies, but only after the styles became considered worthy of academic study. L'innocence is a prime example of the interpretation of Neo-classicalism within the Academies, and how a great master such as Bouguereau could touch an extremely wide audience.
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