Museum Essay

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Judge, Stephanie
Art 100
Museum Essay and Online Museum Essay

Bibliography:
"William-Adolphe Bouguereau Biography." Bouguereau Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.bouguereau.org/biography.html>.
"MFAH | Top 100 Highlights | #1 - The Elder Sister." MFAH | Top 100 Highlights | #1 - The Elder Sister. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://www.mfah.org/art/100-highlights/Elder-Sister-Bouguereau/>.



Online Museum Essay

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
The Elder Sister, 1869
Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ x 38 ¼ inches
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

One of the finest French artists of the 19th century thought of by many is William Bouguereau. He was well known for his traditional
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To the left of them is a small grayish house that displays fine lines and geometric shapes that depicts organic tall green trees that hover well above the house. The positive shape and focal point of the composition is the elder sister whom is sitting in the near distance on a rock, which is covered by abstract textures and shades of green grass that surround the whole landscape. Slouched a bit forward, one arm is quietly holding her sleeping infant brother while cradling his small torso as her other arm rests vertically over his legs onto her right knee as she gazes directly at the viewer with an intense stare. The infant seems to be comfortable in her arms by the way he is laying. Noticeably the children are exquisitely portrayed leaving no signs of any flaws. They are dressed in earth toned pristine clothing, which are painted with such delicacy and show great detail in the value. In the distance behind the space where the infant’s head lays a small pond below what appears to be grassy hills and mountains, these all appear smaller than the children which create depth and distance. Above the horizon towards the vanishing point shows a sky filled with darkened clouds combined with lighter ones that appear to encompass the top portion of the plane down to the waist of the girl.
The way in which Bouguereau painted represents how passionate he was in depicting what he saw. The…

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