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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bouguereau Mother and Baby,

I would like to see this blog become more interactive.  I plan to add a few more of my own thoughts and impressions and would welcome comments and ideas from those of you who use and enjoy these posts.  If you do further research and find things worth sharing you could share those or just your family's thoughts and reactions to the pieces.  If you have your children copy the painting or write a description of it, you could post their work here :).  To leave a comment scroll to the bottom of the current post and click on the word "comment".  I'll look forward to hearing from some of you and I think your comments and ideas will also be a blessing to others.  

 William Adolphe Bouguereau 

Maternal Admiration by William Adolphe Bouguereau
I enjoyed the artist's use of red in the mother's clothing against the dark green background (complementary colors) and the "innocent" baby in creamy white.  I also noticed that the light is falling full on the baby. 5 year old John commented, "Awww, cute!  Is that from the olden days?  I like her style(I think referring to her clothes).  Ruthie would really like the baby."  My daughter Rachael framed a faded copy of this painting overlaid with a poem she had written for me as her Mom - very special!!  I have it in our livingroom.  

A peaceful piece by Johann Sebastian Bach that is one of my favorites - Air on G String

I enjoyed the computerized graphics allowing us to watch the sound dance as the music notes move up and down. This piece is very peaceful.  By the way, if you want to listen to some of the pieces and musicians that have been featured so far on this blog you can click on the pop-out player at the very bottom of the blog and keep the music playing while you do other things.  

The Sun Travels
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The sun is not a-bed, when I
At night upon my pillow lie;
Still round the earth his way he takes,
And morning after morning makes.

While here at home, in shining day,
We round the sunny garden play,
Each little Indian sleepy-head
Is being kissed and put to bed.

And when at eve I rise from tea,
Day dawns beyond the Atlantic Sea;
And all the children in the west
Are getting up and being dressed.

1 comment:

  1. Bouguereau has been one of my favorite artists for many years. I have always wanted to "grow up" as an artist to paint works with great integrity and love of the subjects as he did. You can tell that he loves what he does for a living . He made a very good living and was at the top of his industry.
    There is great poetry to his work, such as the hint of blue sky in the backgrounds of his paintings, it is a small peeking through. He used live models so I suspect this was a 'quiet' pose for the little guy. He was one of the best loved painters of all time, and was not in our history of art books for 125 years. Bouguereau's work was not liked by the critics but the public is still a very good judge of fine work, so a the revival of his work so long after his death is a joy. The Art has much fabulous information on William Adolph.

    The music choice and poetry choices also have a cadence that the painting shares.
    Mary Jane Q Cross