The Proposal, 1872: Canvas Replica Painting: Medium
By artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), in a Private Collection
Time seems suspended as two young lovers, with breathless intent, prepare for the most important question of their lives - the proposal. French artist Bouguereau exhibits his fine eye for the dramatic moment as he secludes his pair in a leafy canopy and his finesse for color with the quietly muted tones that tug at the heart. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. The imported, delicately carved hardwood frame boasts a delicate leaf motif with fine feathered detailing finished in antique gold tones.
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Medium: 20.5"Wx26.5"H framed (13"Wx19"H image size, 4"W frame)
   William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

William had a long, successful career as an academic painter, exhibiting in the annual Paris Salons for more than 50 years. His paintings of religious, mythological, and genre subjects were carefully composed and painstakingly finished. Thus he opposed the admission of works by the impressionists to the Salon, because he believed that their paintings were no more than unfinished sketches. After a period of neglect following his death, Bouguereau's paintings were returned to view as part of a renewed interest in and reappraisal of academic painting and of Ecole des Beaux-Arts works in general. A major retrospective exhibition opened in Paris and was seen in Montreal and Hartford, Conn., in 1984.

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