For 7 Quick Takes Friday here are seven Bouguereau paintings. Thanks to Jen for hosting. The first one has become one of my favorite paintings, L’Innocence by William Adolph Bouguereau (1825-1905). He was a French Academic painter, a style of painting and sculpture produced under the influence of European academies of art. He was from a family of oil and wine merchants, but his uncle, a Roman Catholic priest, taught him at an early age about classical and Biblical subjects and later helped him obtain a commission to paint portraits for parisioners. With the money he earned he went to Paris and became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts. His paintings are realistic, but also surreal – like how reason and faith naturally go together.
|La Vierge au Lys (The Virgin of the Lilies)|
|La Charite (The Charity)|
|Song of the Angels|
His complete works can be found here.