Virgin and Child
A breathtaking image of the enthroned Madonna with Christ as a young child. His arms are outstreched and his look is a peace and compassion. Brillant colors range from dark to light creating a picture of flawless beauty.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French academic painter. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde.