Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Goose Girl
During my recent workshop with Daniel Gerhartz (www.danielgerhartz.com), he had suggested that we study the works of artists we admire and practice developing our style based on those paintings. Needless to say, I love the work of Mr. Gerhartz, but want to develop a style of my own based on my studies with him and other contemporary artists. So I went back to one of my other favorite artists who worked around 1900 -- William Adolphe Bouguereau. He was incredibly prolific, and his work literally brings me to tears. I realize it's not for everyone, but I am in awe. So I hired one of my favorite young models to dress and pose in the style of some of Mr. Bouguereau's paintings. I want to make it clear that I'm not copying his work. That is terribly unethical and I would love some feedback on this issue.
This piece is loosely based on one of Bouguereau's works called Juene Bergere Debout. (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=66&size=large) The actual size of my painting is 12" x 24". Most of Bouguereau's work was virtually life-sized. He also did one called The Goose Girl, which is not at all like this one. (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=29995&size=large) This one of mine is a nice complement to a recent painting I did called Gathering.
Thank you for checking in! I'll look forward to your feedback. I would be remiss not to thank Daniel Gerhartz for his generous time and talent!