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William-Adolphe Bouguereau's 1899 painting La Vierge au Lys (The Virgin of the Lilies) is both a traditionalist canvas from a much-lauded Academy painter and a curiously modern icon in keeping with the emerging Art Nouveau style. In light of his elegant and populist handling of broad subjects – from social issues to religious iconography – Bouguereau's work was widely accepted and celebrated in his day and was considered one of the most skilled and competent painters by the French Salons. Evading the controversy of many of his contemporaries, the artist's career progressed in an upward ascent with few barriers or obstacles. While he was held in extremely high esteem by the French Academy his was work simultaneously reviled by the more reactionary elements in artistic salons. La Vierge au Lys is typical of his late work, demonstrating an unparalleled knowledge of balance and form, yet also demonstrating a characteristic awareness of the trends and tastes of the contemporary art market.
Bouguereau's realistic genre paintings and interpretative reproductions often dealt with Christian or mythological themes, much to the satisfaction of his commissioners and patrons. The artist did however imbue his canvases with key themes for modern audiences. Resonating with the style and filigree of late-nineteenth century French interior design, La Vierge au Lys demonstrates an intricate knowledge of the more radical, yet still established, style of Art Nouveau that was capturing the minds of the Salons of Paris, Prague, and Vienna.
Bouguereau's painting is a playful reproduction of high-Byzantine ornamental and devotional art. Art Nouveau period, a new art’ promoted by artists such as Gustav Klimt and his contemporaries proposed an elegant and ornamental style reflecting an affection for contemporary architecture, furniture, jewellery and interior design in the hope of achieving a ‘total’ work of art. This meditation on the relationship between forms of artistic expression and devotional faith makes La Vierge au Lys a stark and subtle work in Bouguereau's oeuvre.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Vierge au Lys (The Virgin of the Lilies), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Vierge au Lys (The Virgin of the Lilies) 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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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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