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The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the innocent portrayal of Petite Maraudeuse, or in English, Little Thief. The artist was academically trained in the art of oil painting, studying in the École des Beaux-Arts, the most prestigious art school in Europe, located in France. As a classical painter, Bouguereau brought mythological subjects of the ancient Greeks into his work, as well as biblical themes – with his own interpretation. The artist participated in the annual exhibit of the Paris Salon during his entire career and was praised by the public and the art critics for his production.
Bouguereau would mainly portray the female figure in his artwork. The public adored his nudes of goddesses and nymphs, depicted in an extremely idealized manner, according to the standards of beauty of the time. The artist also painted children, especially young and innocent girls in an idyllic theme. The term idyll derives from the Theocritus, from ancient Greece and his writing style of short poems that wrote about pastoral subjects. Bouguereau often portrayed children and women in rural atmospheres, like in the painting A Childhood Idyll, Pastourelle [Shepherdess], The Shepherdess, among others.
In Petite Maraudeuse, the artist depicts a young girl sitting on a rock and holding a ripe pear in her hand. By portraying her in simple peasant clothing, instead of the fashion of the time, the artist gave this work a timeless atmosphere. The model wears a simple, off-white dress with little detail. Bouguereau’s attention to detail is extraordinary as he realistically portrays every fold of fabric and textures in the painting. His knowledge of anatomy was outstanding, as the artist studied the body by observing real anatomical dissections. The girl’s pose is very natural and makes her even more captivating to the viewer.
Looking directly at the audience, the model leans her head over and holds her forehead with one hand. Her long, brown, wavy hair falls forward, cascading over her arm. The other hand holds the pear – which we can assume from the title is what she stole – partially covering the fruit with the palm. The girl crosses one leg behind the other and supports one foot on the ground. Bouguereau was praised for his portraits and excelled especially in portraying hands and feet.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Petite Maraudeuse (Little Thief), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Petite Maraudeuse (Little Thief) 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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