Sketch of La Frileuse

Sketch of “La Frileuse”

Here is a sketch of “La Frileuse” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, an amazingly talented artist. A staunch traditionalist, his genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of classical subjects, both pagan and Christian. “La Frileuse” (The Chilly Girl) is a genre painting – meaning it represents a scene from everyday life.

In his own time (the early 19th century), Bouguereau was considered one of the greatest painters in the world by the Academic art community, and simultaneously he was reviled by the avant-garde (the artists that defied tradition and experimented with artistic style). After 1920, Bouguereau fell into disrepute, due to changing tastes and his firm disapproval of the Impressionists who were finally gaining acceptance. For decades, his name was not even mentioned in encyclopedias.

He was quoted as saying “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…if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable”. He created over 700 paintings.

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