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The French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the masterpiece entitled The Virgin of Consolation in 1875. This dramatic scene portrays a desperate mother being consoled by Virgin Mary over her dead child. The artist went through many deaths himself, losing four of his five children, as well as his first wife Nelly Monchablon, all due to health issues. It was during this year that Bouguereau and his partner lost their son Georges at the age of fifteen. It was the dense state of grief that leads the artist to complete The Virgin of Consolation and Pieta, two of his most iconic religious artworks.
With a formal academic background, Bouguereau was influenced by the past masters of the Renaissance, as well as the Greek culture that inspired them. At the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the artist learned by reproducing paintings of artists like Raphael, perfecting his realistic approach to oil painting. Bouguereau also observed dissected cadavers to understand the human anatomy in depth. Because of his almost hyperrealistic portrayals of classic themes – like mythological and biblical stories – with extremely idealized figures and atmospheres, the painter was featured in the prestigious Paris Salon during his whole career.
Centered on the canvas, Mary mother of Jesus sits on a golden decorated thrown while a woman falls on her knees and sobs upon her lap. The holy figure of Mary is represented with a bright perfectly round halo around her head, while she raises her hands and eyes to the heavens. There is a large cross engraved with green and orange gems on the backrest of the chair. The background also features golden arabesques, as well as blue and green floral patterns. The arms of the chair seem to be made of stone with floral details. She wears a dark red dress with gold embellishments on the wrists, and, like the sobbing woman, a dark fabric wrapped around her body.
As a woman who had already lost a child, Mary expresses the pain she feels by praying to Jesus for this woman and the soul of her dead son. The small child lies lifeless in the bottom right corner of the composition, laying over Mary’s robe which covers part of some words written on the steps in Latin. There are some white and pink flowers thrown on the floor beside him, almost the same shade of his cold body.
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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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