This is a copy from the French artist Bouguereau. You can find the original painting on the Art Renewal site. I find the lighting especially fascinating here. You may notice just how important tonal values and turns are in this painting. Dare I say it was difficult to copy.

Unfortunately I used a cheap canvas and you will see just how disadvanted I was by that in the close-up. The painting lacks definition. I've got another Bouguereau copy of Gabrielle Cot which make the point better. I'll post that another day.


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Very impressive copy. It would be most difficult to duplicate it. I guess it is like a hands-on education in flesh tones. Hope I would have the necessary patience, but honestly I am not sure I would. Congratulations! Superb.

Yes, Bouguereau has been a great teacher for me, with lots of perseverance and summoning of strength at the easel.

I am a big fan of William  Bouguereau, particularly his "Pieta" from which i have had many hours drawing on his draftsmanship,

  . I have had the opportunity to see his work in a private collection owned by no less than Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame. 

Thankyou for your post.

Frank Savage.

Well done. I'm impressed


Still well done Mike. 

Bouguereau is arguably one of the greatest artists who has ever lived and and you have done a fine job in trying to emulate him.

The Art Renewal site is a tremendous one and is a treasure trove of traditional artists and their works covering most ages.



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