The Shepherdess

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The Shepherdess
French: Pastourelle
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Shepherdess (1889).jpg
Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Year 1889 (1889)
Material oil on canvas
Dimensions 158.75 cm × 93.35 cm (62.50 in × 36.75 in)
Location Philbrook Museum of Art

The Shepherdess (French: Pastourelle) is a painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau completed in 1889. The title is taken from the Southern French dialect. The painting depicts an idyllic, pastoral scene of a lone young woman in peasant attire posed for the artist, her arms balancing a stick across her shoulders, standing barefooted in the foreground. In the background are oxen grazing in the field. It is one of many paintings by Bouguereau depicting shepherdesses, including one of the same name created in 1881.

The subject is a model employed by Bouguereau for this and other paintings, including The Bohemian.

It is currently in the permanent collection at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

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