The Young Shepherdess


“889. The Young Shepherdess” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

This scene was at San Diego Art Museum.

Every time I go to San Diego, I visit this museum in the Balboa Park and visit this painting as well.

This painting is The Young Shepherdess by William Bouguereau.

According to Wikipedia:

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French: [buɡ(ə)ʁo]; November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work.[2] As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.

He painted skin color of women is fantastic.

It’s transparent, very fresh looking so on. I alway stand in front of the painting and gaze the painting just like he is doing.

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