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Luis Miguel Goitizolo

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RE: GENIUS RECLAIMED: WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU
11/22/2014 2:08:20 AM

Among Bouguereau's works completed in the 1880s - most certainly a prodigious decade in terms of quality and versatility - stands out the below gem of a painting. I definitely lack the words to praise it.


William Bouguereau - L'Ete ('Summer')
(oil on canvas, c.1880)


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RE: GENIUS RECLAIMED: WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU
11/27/2014 3:45:06 PM

Also in that prodigious decade of 1880s - yet closing it in great style - Bouguereau gave the world the two exquisite masterworks that can be seen below.


William Bouguereau - Chansons de printemps
(oil on canvas, 1889)


William Bouguereau - Whisperings of Love
(oil on canvas, 1889)


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RE: GENIUS RECLAIMED: WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU
11/27/2014 4:15:38 PM

Ten years later, in 1889, Bouguereau would paint his most celebrated Madonna of Lillies (or La Vierge aux lys in French) which, in a way, is another version of his Virgin and Child of 1888 (you can see this latter in page 20 of this thread). Here I am posting both paintings for comparison.


William Bouguereau - La Vierge aux lys
(oil on canvas, 1899)


William Bouguereau - Madone Assise ('The Seated Madonna')
(oil on canvas, 1888)


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RE: GENIUS RECLAIMED: WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU
11/27/2014 5:36:05 PM
They are very beautiful. It looks like they would have been identical except the baby wouldn't keep the same pose.
I wonder if the person who ordered the work wanted a replica after seeing the first one.

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RE: GENIUS RECLAIMED: WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU
11/28/2014 3:19:38 AM

I had not thought about such possibility but yes, it is not an unlikely one. On the other hand, Bouguereau may have simply decided to make a variation of his Madonna and Child introducing soomething in it (in this case, lillies) all of which, to my knowledge, he seems to have made in similar cases. I have just learned that while the owner of this Madonna is an important art gallery in Adelaida, Australia, his Virgin of the Lillies belongs in a private collection, which seems to favor your suggestion.


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