Le Goûter aux Champs by William Adolphe Bouguereau
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Le Goûter aux Champs by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Le Goûter aux Champs by William Adolphe Bouguereau

  • This exceptional composition was composed by the great Academic artist William Adolphe Bouguereau
  • The work is a celebration of childhood innocence, appealing in both subject and execution
  • The exquisite oil on canvas boasts an unsurpassed degree of finish and luminous coloration
  • Paintings of young children such as this are among Bouguereau's finest compositions
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William Adolphe Bouguereau
1825-1905 | French

Le Goûter aux Champs
(Afternoon Snack in the Fields)

Signed and dated "W-Bouguereau-1891" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

This exceptional oil on canvas is the work of the legendary French Academic painter William Adolphe Bouguereau, an artist renowned for his sensitive portrayals of peasant girls. Le Goûter aux Champs is a celebration of childhood innocence, appealing both in its subject matter and its masterful execution. Bouguereau was particularly skilled at capturing nuances of mood and atmosphere, and this work exemplifies his unique ability to replicate the softness and sincerity of his young subjects.

Masterfully composed in the Academic style, Le Goûter aux Champs reveals the artist’s remarkable skills as a draftsman. A student of the great Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, his painting technique boasts an unsurpassed degree of finish and luminous coloration, distinctive hallmarks of the French Academy. Faultlessly composed down to the smallest detail, his young model, posed in a simple dress while enjoying an afternoon snack, epitomizes the Academic ideals of pastoral innocence. Bouguereau’s handling of his young subject displays an especially unique sensitivity; his tender paintings of mothers, children and young girls are among his finest creations.

Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses, and he became one of the most decorated artists of the 19th century. He received medals from the Salons and Universal Expositions, successive ranks in the prestigious Legion of Honor, and was the leading member of the Institute of France and President of the Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. He so dominated the Salons of his era that the official Salon became affectionately known as ‘Le Salon Bouguereau.’

He never wavered from the Academic traditions of his teachers, and his conservative style made him immensely popular among the artistic establishment. Therefore, he enjoyed many prestigious commissions during his lifetime, such as an invitation to decorate public buildings including the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux and Saint Augustin in Paris. Today, his works can be found in important collections around the world, including the Louvre (Paris), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Dated 1891

Canvas: 36 5/8" high x 26" wide
Frame: 44 1/2" high x 33 3/4" wide

Exhibited:
William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1825-1905, Borghi & Co., New York, March-April 1984

References:
Oeuvres Choisies des Maîtres, Braun and Clement, no. 5444 (illustrated)
"William-Adolphe Bouguereau: A Summary Catalogue of the Paintings," William-Adolphe Bouguereau, L'Art Pompier, Borghi & Co., New York, by. M.S. Walker, 1991, p. 73
William Bouguereau, New York, 2010, by D. Bartoli and F.C. Ross, p. 271, no.1891/02 (illustrated)
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Artist: Bouguereau, William Adolphe
Framed:33.75"W x 44.5"H
Unframed:26"W x 36.625"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:France
Subject:Children
Depth:3.5 Inches
Width:33.75 Inches
Height:44.5 Inches
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