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William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted one of his most famous artworks entitled La Cruche Cassée, also known as The Broken Pitcher in English, during the year 1891. It was in the same year that the artist confessed that his work was influenced by the art market and he ultimately changed direction in his career to “follow the public taste”. This statement caused many historians to criticize him, like the American Frank Jewett Mather in the early 1920s, as well as historians from his own time, like Richard Muther.
The way Bouguereau strictly followed traditional standards imposed by Classic Academies was what made art critics of the time praise him, as well as the Paris Salon in which he participated in the yearly exhibit. But there were a group of artists who went against his work and what the Academies stood for; the Impressionists. This group of avant-guard painters did not fit into the standards of “good art” of the prestigious Paris Salon, as their work was not based on Greek culture and art, forcing them to create their own exhibitions. Bouguereau achieved extremely realistic artworks by employing flawless methods of drawing and oil painting. His knowledge of human anatomy was extraordinary – especially his portrayals of hands and feet – and he mostly depicted beautiful goddesses, nymphs, shepherdesses, among others.
The Broken Pitcher is a portrait of a young woman sitting at the edge of a rusty hand pump water well. Her deep, dark eyes stare into the viewer’s, creating a connection to whoever is willing to engage in eye contact. Her blond hair is up in a messy bun, with beautifully painted loose baby hairs. Her clothing creates complementary color combinations; with a checkered yellow, orange, and red cloth wrapped around her shoulders, over a white, mid-sleeve shirt, as well as a dark green long skirt. Bouguereau naturally painted the way the fabric folds and falls on the model’s body. She holds her hands over her lap, twisting her arm in a very innocent manner. Next to her bare feet, a broken green and brown pitcher lays on the floor, which connotes the opposite – the loss of innocence, a religious and yet erotic symbolism used by past masters and inherited by Bouguereau. The surroundings depict an arid atmosphere with ochre and brown tonalities, as well as some green vegetation, while the far background shows violet-blue colors that fade into the mist.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Cruche Cassée (The Broken Pitcher), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Cruche Cassée (The Broken Pitcher) 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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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.
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