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This is a reproduction of Compassion, a masterpiece of 1887 by William Adolphe Bouguereau. It measures 261 by 120 centimeters and is an oil on canvas on display in the Musee d'Orsay. Bouguereau was particularly proud of this painting. He presented it twice: firstly at the Salon des Artistes francais in 1897, and then at the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Freed from the constraints of a commission and specially produced for the Salon, this work reveals Bouguereau's consummate mastery. Everything in this masterpiece indicates his faith in academic values: a choice of subject that conforms to the hierarchy of the genres, a monumental format magnifying the scene, and perfect draughtsmanship and painting skills. The painting is much more than just another Christ on the cross. In fact, Bouguereau called it Compassion! to underline the tragic dimension of this episode which is not based directly on any passage in the Gospels. The dramatic nature of the work breathes new life into a secular subject without falling into the exaggerated suffering seen in paintings by other artists such as Nikolai Gay. Finally, one might even see in this painting the reflection of a painful obsession with death. We should remember that Bouguereau in fact had many occasions to mourn: he had buried three of his children as well as his wife, Nelly.
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July 18th, 2015
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