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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the pastoral painting entitled The Shepherdess in 1873. The Classical artist depicted a peaceful scene with oil paint on a long vertical canvas, where a shepherdess walks alongside her sheep, holding a lamb in her arms. This theme derives from the ancient Greek artists, especially from the Hellenistic period. Other French painters who came before him worked with the subject, like Claude Lorrain, and Nicolas Poussin from the Baroque period, as well as Jean-Antoine Watteau from the Rococo.
Raphael, the Italian Renaissance painter, was a significant influence for Bouguereau, and he studied the past master’s art with rigor. The artist followed the strict technical style and developed a classical approach to composition and form. The central themes the artist portrayed were mythological, but with a more modern interpretation. Bouguereau’s artwork mostly depicted a beautiful and almost magical world of nymphs, nude goddesses, madonnas, bathers, and shepherdesses – popular amongst the rich art patrons of the time. The painter was praised by the critics for his technical precision, especially when it came to human anatomy. Bouguereau was also featured in the Paris Salon throughout his career and sold his painting all over Europe and America.
The painting The Shepherdess initially grabs attention because of its sheer size. The composition was beautifully thought out, guiding the viewer’s eyes from the shepherdess’ face, down to the animals, and finally at her bare feet. The figure’s skin is as soft as porcelain, as an almost divine light shines upon the figures. She is facing downward at the sheep that follow her on her path, as it looks up at the baby lamb in her lap. The shepherdess holds the little lamb with care, and her gentle hands were beautifully positioned over the white infant. Bouguereau inserts brighter colors in the model’s clothing; a red bandana over her orange hair, a light brown decorated scarf on her shoulders, and a velvety dark blue and purple dress. The artist approaches this scene almost with a biblical aspect, as the shepherdess is illuminated like a holy image. The vegetation surrounding them is realistically portrayed, although idealized. Bouguereau contrasts the bright figures with dark green trees in the background and gives great detail to the textures and folds of fabric.
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