Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Work Interrupted

Work Interrupted, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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.

6 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Work Interrupted

    1. Sherrill, I don’t know that you would be in the minority here, as many Lines and Colors readers have an appreciation for 19th century academic art. To really be in the majority, visit the Art Renewal Center, where Bouguereau is revered. Unfortunately, they have put a good bit of their material behind a paywall in recent years (which is why I no longer link to their sections on given artists in my link lists). For Bouguereau, however, they are a primary resource. Here is their gallery of his work, much in high resolution, and without subscription.

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