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The French Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the artwork entitled Shepherdess, or in the original French Pastourelle, in 1889. This portrait depicts an idyllic, meaning this painting has the same subject matter as the idyllic poetry style of Theocritus, a poet from ancient Greece. This subject was of peasant and rural lifestyle, a reoccurring theme in Bouguereau’s work, like in Jeune Bergere (Young Shepherdess), A Little Shepherdess, and The Shepherdess.
In Pastourelle, the artist portrays a young shepherdess by herself, holding a long stick on her shoulders. The title indicates she is from southern France, although the woman is actually a model the artist hired to pose for the painting. The same model is known to have posed for the artwork entitled The Bohemian, painted a year later. Bouguereau’s vast knowledge of classic composition, proportion, and anatomy allows for him to represent such a simple, but still complex, and natural posture. The way the model breaks her shoulder and hip line complement the position of her arms beautifully – as one hand holds down the end of the stick, while the other arm rests upon the other end. Her bare feet are placed one in front of the other, slightly rotating her hip.
She wears simple peasant clothing; a white shirt with a brown and ochre patterned fabric wrapped around her bust, a long and heavy, dark green skirt, as well as a brown cloth wrapped around her hips. Bouguereau was a master of precision and detail, beautifully portraying every fold of drapery, as well as textures of the skin and hair, bordering hyperrealism. The shepherdess has long, wavy, and dark hair which flows naturally in the wind. Like many of Bouguereau’s portraits, the model stairs directly at the viewer’s eyes, thus enabling a connection of the spectator with the painting. Her skin is soft, and her facial features resemble that of an angle, even so, her expression shows her modest and possibly arduous life.
The shepherdess stands on an earthy ground, surrounded by some wild bushes. In the background, a heard of oxen were depicted grazing in the field of grass, and some darker vegetation can be seen behind them. The far background portrays light pink, blue, and violet mountains and a beautiful bright yellow and orange sky.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Pastourelle [Shepherdess], you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Pastourelle [Shepherdess] 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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