NUDE FEMALES: Painting Creating Sensual Atmosphere
“Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come…” -William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Bouguereau, the son of an olive oil merchant Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist painter from France. He preferred both realistic and mythological themes for depiction of his art; but he presented the subjects with newer and fresh interpretations of the classical subjects he chose to paint. Very often he chose nude female bodies as his subjects; but he emphasized showing the art of painting with his ‘photo-realistic style’ of painting. This made his painting popular and clients paid and commissioned him generously.
In figurative painting, showing the contours of body is as important as the concept of painting the effects of light in still life painting. Bouguereau had a natural instinct and the technical knowledge, too, about the contours of nude female body. A human body, especially a female nude, attracts our eyes by the beauty and proportions of the body painted; in this sphere, Bouguereau acquired artistic inspiration from the sixteenth century artists.
In one of his paintings, Elegy, Bouguereau had depicted his artistic prowess in creating a sensual atmosphere by painting two nude figures in photo-reality style of painting. The pair of painted nudes, a woman and a child, helps creating sensual environment on the canvass. With all the factors of corporeal pleasure present, the artistic value of the painting seems missing nowhere. The colour scheme chosen and the masterly depiction of the symmetry of the nude female body are the real factors creating a balanced environment.
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