William-Adolphe Bouguereau, ‘The Story Book’, 1877, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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The Story Book, 1877

Oil on canvas
23 1/4 × 19 in
59.1 × 48.3 cm
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Mary D. Keeler Bequest (40.12.40)

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Painting
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau
French, 1825–1905
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One of the leading 19th-century French painters working in the academic tradition, William-Adolphe Bouguereau produced scenes taken from classical, mythological, and biblical subjects, focusing primarily on female figures: goddesses, bathers, nudes, and Madonnas. Revered by the Paris academy and greatly admired for his meticulous rendering of skin tones, Bouguereau regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon and was highly successful during his lifetime. His work is also characterized by simplicity and earnestness of emotion and idealized subject matter, for which he often drew derision from the Paris avant-garde, who considered his style outmoded, sentimental, and artificial. It has been suggested that Bouguereau’s sympathetic renderings of children in pastoral settings or indoor spaces, cast in soft lighting, such as The Story Book (1877), was borne out of the loss of one of his children to disease at an early age.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, ‘The Story Book’, 1877, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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About the work
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Mary D. Keeler Bequest (40.12.40)

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
French, 1825–1905
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One of the leading 19th-century French painters working in the academic tradition, William-Adolphe Bouguereau produced scenes taken from classical, mythological, and biblical subjects, focusing primarily on female figures: goddesses, bathers, nudes, and Madonnas. Revered by the Paris academy and greatly admired for his meticulous rendering of skin tones, Bouguereau regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon and was highly successful during his lifetime. His work is also characterized by simplicity and earnestness of emotion and idealized subject matter, for which he often drew derision from the Paris avant-garde, who considered his style outmoded, sentimental, and artificial. It has been suggested that Bouguereau’s sympathetic renderings of children in pastoral settings or indoor spaces, cast in soft lighting, such as The Story Book (1877), was borne out of the loss of one of his children to disease at an early age.

The Story Book, 1877

Oil on canvas
23 1/4 × 19 in
59.1 × 48.3 cm
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