Work Interrupted, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College.
Beautifully controlled values and subtle, reserved color in this fanciful depiction of a young woman distracted from her work of winding balls of wool by thoughts of romance — in the person of Cupid, who delicately dabs her ear with perfume.
Though not one of my favorites among 19th century academic painters, I do admire Bouguereau’s skill. Others usually have stronger opinions, one way or the other. See my previous post on William-Adolphe Bouguereau.