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The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the artwork entitled Story Book, portraying a young girl holding a book. The painter was academically trained and studied at one of the most prestigious art schools in Europe, the École des Beaux-Arts. By following the classic standards of traditional oil painting and mastering the technique, Bouguereau captivated the audience and viewers with his almost hyperrealistic portrayals of biblical and mythological themes. The painter often depicted women, mostly nude nymphs and goddesses, but also capturing the essence of innocent young girls from the rural lifestyle.
Children were also featured in many of Bouguereau’s paintings, mostly girls. In fact, the artist and his wife, Nelly Monchablon, had a total of five children, but throughout the years he tragically saw them pass away, along with his wife. They lost Jeanne, their third child in 1866 from tuberculosis, and almost ten years later, fifteen-year-old Georges died because of health issues. Their infant child Maurice sadly passed two months after Monchablon died from tuberculosis as well, in 1877. By the turn of the century, Bouguereau outlived another of his children, when his thirty-two-year-old son died, with the same disease as his mother and siblings.
The number of paintings concluded by the artist portraying children can be a reflex of the loses Bouguereau experienced during his life, especially with his younger kids. In Story Book, the painter concludes a simple yet captivating portrait of a beautiful young girl. She looks directly at the viewer with her large innocent eyes and rosy cheeks. Her short blond hair is messy as if she just got out of bed. The model wears a simple white nightshirt that falls off one of her shoulders. Her small hands cling to an open book with a decorated cover. The painting has a simple use of composition, placing the figure centered on the canvas and balancing the position of her body with the book set on her lap. Bouguereau used a modest and almost monochromatic color scheme, mostly using rich tonalities of warm brown and ochre. The background is simply depicted as a blank brown wall with a gradient pigment that varies with the light that comes from the bottom right corner of the composition. The attention to detail is extraordinary, as Bouguereau beautifully captured the many folds of the fabric, as well as the texture of her hair and skin.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Story Book, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Story Book 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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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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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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