The Young Shepherdess

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The Young Shepherdess
French: La jeune bergère
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Young Shepherdess (1885).jpg
Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Year 1885 (1885)
Dimensions 157.5 cm × 72.4 cm (62.0 in × 28.5 in)
Location San Diego Museum of Art

The Young Shepherdess is an 1885 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). It is owned by the San Diego Museum of Art.

This and similar images by the artist attracted collectors in Europe and America because of their nostalgic content.[1] In such works the artist depicted a variety of poses and expressions, in this case showing the mild curiosity of the girl.[2]

In portraying a shepherdess Bouguereau is working within the pastoral mode or theme, as developed by ancient Greek and Hellenistic artists and poets. French painters who preceded him in this include Claude Lorrain, Poussin, and Watteau.

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