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William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the artwork entitled Vendangeuse, most commonly known as The Grape Picker in 1875. The artist based his painting on the past master Raphael and even concluded a copy of his masterpiece The Triumph of Galatea. Bouguereau had a classical approach to his artistic production, especially with the subjects he portrayed, along with the form and composition. The painter is most known for his portrayal of the female figure – portraits or sensual nudes.
It was during this period that Bouguereau concluded his most praised artworks. The classical painter was featured in the prestigious Paris Salon during his whole career and was considered the best painter of the Classic Academy of the time. In 1875, he started working on La Rochelle chapel ceiling with his assistants – a project that lasted six years – as well as his most significant religious artwork entitled Pieta. Although Bouguereau had impeccable technique, not everyone was a fan of his work, like the Impressionists. These avant-guard modern painters were often rejected from the Paris Salon because they went against traditional rules imposed by the Academies. The Impressionists were no longer interested in idealized mythological subjects portrayed realistically – but Bouguereau was.
In Vendangeuse, the artist paints a portrait of a young and humble grape picker. Bouguereau’s impeccable oil technique and sensibility give soul to the figures he portrays. The girl is holding a wooden basket filled with bunches of green and purple grapes, and because of the weight, she counterbalances by slightly leaning back. The painter’s knowledge of anatomy allows for a convincing posture, where her right arm is stretched out holding the side of the basket, and her other arm is bent with her hand clutching the handle. The model faces the viewer, rotating her neck forward as her body is slightly turned to the side.
Bouguereau used contrasting features to give this artwork a beautiful appeal. The bright red fabric wrapped around the girl’s hair complements the overall green of the background vegetation. The artist also contrasts light and dark – the area behind the model’s head is the darkest of the background, featuring her light and porcelain-like skin. The painter used shades of green, brown, and ochre to create a natural atmosphere. His attention to detail is extraordinary, like in the texture of the skin and the folds of her shirt.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Vendangeuse [The Grape Picker], you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Vendangeuse [The Grape Picker] 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
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 plastic 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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