Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Art and Beauty Tuesday

Today's picture is by a favorite artist of mine, William Bouguereau who was a 19th century artist from France. His paintings evoke a time gone by, while seeming to touch the present moment with their realism.

Many of his paintings feature a little girl, who always reminds me of my niece as a child.

This one is called La Gouter which means Just a Taste.  What is it she is tasting, do you think?  I think maybe ice cream, which is rather apt for this time of year.

The painting itself seems to be a study in whites; her dress, the crock she is holding and the ice cream itself, as well as the wall behind her and even the floor under her feet.  A perfect summer painting.


Kindred Spirit said...

This is indeed a perfect painting for Summer, Dymphna! Thank you for your beautifully artistic posts; they are such reveries in this virtual world. May God bless you and Our Lady protect you.

Dymphna said...

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

TACParent said...

I think she was given the priviledge of eating whatever was left in the crock after it was served/prepared, etc. Ice cream sounds like a good possibility too. I'm not sure why, but for some reason this picture reminds me of myself as a child. Something about the look on her face ...

Dymphna said...

I think that's a good guess--she's eating the rest of the ice cream after it was prepared.

I can see you in that girl--I think you're right.

Barbara said...

Those bare feet are so cute. There is an innocence in the bare feet of a child.

Dymphna said...

I never thought of it that way, but it is true.

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