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Sainte Famille (The Holy Family). The painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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Sainte Famille (The Holy Family)

The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the oil painting entitled Sainte Famille, translated as The Holy Family, in the year 1863 and was exhibited in the Paris Salon shortly after. Four years later, the artwork was shown at the Exposition Universelle and later on purchased by Eugénia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III. This is one of Bouguereau’s beautiful portrayals of the union of the Virgin Mary, with an infant Jesus and Saint John the Baptist. In fact, there are some similarities the children’s posture in the painting entitled La Vierge, L'Enfant Jesus et Saint Jean Baptiste, done later in 1875 also by Bouguereau.

The painter made a study in oil paint entitled A Study for Sainte Famille before concluding the final work. This original painting is very simplistic, giving a general idea of what the artist was planning as far as composition, color palette, light source and the placement and position of the human figures. It is interesting to analyze both works, and how Bouguereau progresses in this process and creates alterations where he thought necessary. The artist changed the direction of the three figures from facing left to the right, enabling a better view of Christ’s face and ultimately having all of them facing forward.

Bouguereau was academically trained in the École des Beaux-Arts under the classical standards of oil painting. He studied the art and culture of ancient Greece, as well as the past masters of the Renaissance. In Sainte Famille, Bouguereau gave a triangular shape to the three central figures, a hint to Raphael’s influence upon his work. The subject matter, like Christian settings, and overall technique was also inspired by artists of the Renaissance, like Michelangelo.

This Classical masterpiece features Virgin Mary sitting in nature with baby Jesus in her lap and Saint John beside her while holding wool linings in her hand. She wears a simple red dress, a light gray scarf with golden details over her dark blond hair and a royal blue fabric over her lap. The blond baby Christ holds Saint John’s face while giving him a peck on the lips as a sign of unconditional love. The child Saint wore a light-colored animal fur over his shoulder and tied at the waist, has curly brown hair and holds Jesus as well. The far background shows a beautiful view of an oceanside city.

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Sainte Famille (The Holy Family) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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