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The Young Shepherdess

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (AKA Adolphe William Bouguereau), French, (November 30, 1825–August 19, 1905)

Creation date: 1885
Creation place: France

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas mounted on board
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen
Accession Number: 1968.82
Dimensions: 62 in. x 28 1/2 in. (157.48 cm x 72.39 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen, La Jolla, California ( - October 20, 1968)

Henrici Collection, United States ( - October 15, 1964)

Hanzel Galleries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (October 15, 1964 - October 16, 1964)

Victor Hammer Galleries, New York, New York (October 16, 1964 - 1967)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 20, 1968 - )

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Trained at the Royal Academy in Paris, Bouguereau became one of the most prolific and successful exhibitors at the Parisian Salon in the later 19th century. Like Realist painters including Courbet or Millet, he shared a passion for subjects drawn from rural life. Bouguereau’s rural figures, however, are always closer to the idealized shepherds and shepherdesses of classical pastoral poetry than to the earthy farmers more often depicted by the Realists. Moreover, during the decades when the Realists and Impressionists developed their bold anti-academic styles, Bouguereau remained the principal proponent of traditional painting, and his works are characterized by the superbly drawn anatomy and high degree of finish seen here.
Last Updated: 3/6/2023


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Impressionists and the Salon, 1874-1886 Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 4/16/1974 - 6/20/1974

Centennial of the First Impressionist , 4/16/1974 - 10/1/1974

Bouguereau Exhibition , 12/13/1974 - 6/1/1975

Impressionism and Other Isms: France Invents the Avante-Garde , 3/13/1987 - 5/17/1987

The French Taste for Spanish Painting , 9/1/2002 - 9/1/2003

In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau & His American Students The Philbrook Museum of Art , 8/1/2006 - 10/14/2007

Bouguereau & America , 2/15/2019 - 3/15/2020

Bouguereau & America , 11/9/2019 - 3/15/2020


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Helen Exley. My Daughter, my joy . . . Exley Publications Ltd. Watford, Herts, United Kingdom, 1998
Page Number: 109, Figure Number: p. 109, detail

Ms. Sylvia Svec and Mr. James F. Peck. In the Studios of Paris: Philbrook Museum of Art. Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2006
Page Number: 106, 107, Figure Number: 10

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 146, Figure Number: 146

Victoria Jane Ream. Art in Bloom Deseret Equity, Publishing Division. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997
Page Number: 128, 129, Figure Number: 129

Julie Schimmel. Bert Geer Phillips and the Taos Art Colony The University of New Mexico Press. Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994
Page Number: 123, 125, Figure Number: 60

Richard P. Townsend. Belvedere, Österreichische Galerie • Belvedere. Wien, Austria, 1999
Page Number: 36, 37, Figure Number: cover (detail), 3

Celeste d' Elliott. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Alexandria, Virginia, September, 2000-Octobert, 2000
Page Number: cover, 334, Figure Number: cover

Fronia E. Wissman. Bouguereau Pomegranate Artbooks. Rohnert Park, California, 1996
Page Number: 47, 50, Figure Number: 28

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 130, Figure Number: 130

Mr. Hollister Sturges, III. Angels and Urchins: Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, Nebraska, 1980
Page Number: 55, 63 note 9

International Art Market, Interart Publishers, Inc.. New York, New York, November 1964-December 1964
Page Number: 199 Lot no. 3, Figure Number: 3

Terry Ann R. Neff, ed. In the Studios of Paris: Philbrook Museum of Art. Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2006
Page Number: 192 no. 10

Tanya Paul and Stanton Thomas. Bouguereau & America Yale University Press.
Page Number: 21, 23, 148-149, Figure Number: cat: 31

Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross. William Bouguereau Art Renewal Center and the William Bouguereau Committee. New York, 2010-2014
Page Number: 232-233, Figure Number: 1885/07

Bouguereau & America Yale Univesity Press. 2019
Page Number: 148-149, Figure Number: 31


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