Tuesday, September 3, 2013


One of the first times I became transfixed by art was when I was a kid visiting my grandmother in San Francisco. I went with my dad to the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, and came across "The Broken Pitcher" (that's it above). I just stood and stared at it, and even after leaving and looking at other paintings, I had to come back before we left for another visit. Every time we visited my grandma after that, I'd make sure to also see the painting. I even got a poster to put on my wall. I think I loved it so much in part because of my age. I was like this little girl in the painting. I connected with her.

While "The Broken Pitcher" is my clear favorite, I like other Bouguereau paintings as well. You really can't go wrong with youth and beauty and luminous skin.

There's such a sweetness to so many of his works and a sadness to many of them as well. I think I like the sad ones the best. "The Broken Pitcher" certainly has its somberness and tension, doesn't it?

I know a Bouguereau painting the moment I see one. There was one at the Getty in LA when we visited in June. Bouguereau has lots of angel/cupid type paintings, and I'm not as into those as I am his sad/lounging peasant girls.

I like how knowing these girls are. I wonder sometimes if I'd be a big fan of Bouguereau if I discovered him in my 20s or 30s. Maybe, but maybe not. I don't connect with these young subjects anymore, but I have that memory of connecting with them, and that's part of the reason I still love Bouguereau so tremendously.


Emmylou said...

What a lovely post:) I can see why you love Bouguereau's works, esp. The Broken Pitcher.

Lisa said...

The girls stare out from the painting in a very strong and direct way, you can't help but be drawn in.
I have never heard of this artist before I shall go and google him now.
Thanks for sharing.
Lisa x

Connie said...

So lovely. I actually can see a little bit of you in those paintings. No wonder you connected to them. Here's wishing you a wonderful school year. And may all of your pitchers stay intact.

Helga! said...

I love his work!!!
The Pitcher is just darling. I rather like Victorian art in general.XXX

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Absolutely lovely.

Jessica said...

Beautiful post. I love the artwork.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

ODYSSEY said...

Good post. I work in the visual arts but wasn't familiar Bouguereau's works. The figures are quite sculptural and luminous!