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The French Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the artwork entitled Meditation in 1885. During this period, the artist was giving art lectures at the prestigious Académie Julian, a private French art school for painters and sculptors. Virtually thousands of students from around the world came to the academy and worked under his teachings. The majority were able to establish a career in painting in their county – some followed his traditional line of working, while others, like the famous Henri Matisse, went against it towards a more modern way of thinking and producing art. It was during this time that Bouguereau, already widowed, met his pupil Elizabeth Jane Gardner, who he would eventually marry.
During the same year Bouguereau painted Meditation, he had the honor of winning the Grand Medal of Honor as well as being selected Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. Bouguereau was an academically trained painter who participated in the Paris Salon during his entire career and was praised by the critics and by the audience for his body of work. Bouguereau’s paintings mostly portrayed his interpretation of mythological or biblical stories, as well as scenes of the simple rural life – mostly using female figures.
In Meditation, the French painter depicts a young peasant girl sitting on a stone block in a relaxed posture. She looks up at the top left corner with a distant gaze, while gently slumping her back and resting her arms on her lap. The model wears a decorated, bright scarf over her dark brown hair and a white long-sleeve shirt under a brown vest. The violet skirt with the purple fabric wrapped around the girl’s waist complements the overall yellow-ochre pigments of the surrounding vegetation.
Bouguereau’s portrayal of hands and feet were extraordinary, and this representation of a barefoot young girl isn’t an exception. The stone she sits on has the name of the artist along with the year the painting was concluded engraved on it, while some plants are already starting to cover the rock. The overall color palette is warm, with orange, yellow, and red-brown pigments. The background gets darker as it gets farther, highlighting even more the peasant girl in the forefront. Bouguereau’s almost hyperrealistic paintings give new life and soul to the portrayals of his models.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Meditation, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Meditation 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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