Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Dante and Virgil

Such a disturbing picture, don't you agree? 


William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905) Dante and Virgil, 1850 Paris, Musée d’Orsay

It is painted by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905). He was a French painter painted most mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. He was very famous in his days and as an admirer of the female body, I have to show you these as well:



L'Aurore or Dawn

Notice the feet that reflects in the water... Or this one, this wonderful painting is called Biblis:

Biblis (1884)
 How curious painters like Vermeer hardly known in their time and now so famous, and painters so famous when they lived, now already forgotten...

8 comments:

  1. Yes, those who are truly talented in the arts rarely are rarely acknowledged while they are alive to enjoy it...they truly work for the love of it. I do very much like the last two...
    hugs abby

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    1. Yes, the first is Dante. Nightmare...
      The last two paintings show that this painter could paint less dark subjects.

      L'art pour l'art?

      Han

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  2. The first painting is disturbing but the details are amazing aren't they...he sure wasn't focusing on females here was he. ;) The last two paintings are very sensuous. Thanks for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. Fascinating details, Cat. Did you see the claws in the naked man? The power in the legs? It is raw, in contrast with the last two..

      Han

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  3. The first is disturbing. The others quite lovely.

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  4. I love them all for many reasons. The first....ah. Power, anger so much darkness. However it makes me think about lessons we can learn.
    The others are beautiful fantasies. The last one strikes me as much more realistic!

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    1. Anger and to be honest frightening... Your eyes are forced to look, yet it's too raw, too primal to look at.

      I agree with you about the last picture. It's lovely.

      Thank you Minelle,

      Han

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