L'Amour et Psyché, enfants

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L'Amour et Psyché, enfants
Bouguereau first kiss.jpg
Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Year 1890
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 60 cm × 71 cm (20 in × 27 78 in)
Location Private collection

L'Amour et Psyché, enfants (translated: Cupid and Psyche as Children, 1890, Salon of 1890, No. 330) is one of William-Adolphe Bouguereau's most famous paintings. It is incorrectly known as Le Premier Baiser (The First Kiss, 1873).

The painting is an oil on canvas, 60 x 71 cm (20 x 27 7/8 inches), and it is housed in a private collection. The subject of the painting stems from the story of Cupid and Psyche told by Apuleius in The Golden Ass (2nd century ).

Erroneous name[edit]

One of the first virtual galleries on the Internet was the Web Museum. It placed L'Amour et Psyche, enfants (1890) mistakenly as The First Kiss (1873) and this error has been repeated ever since. If you see the image of the painting lower right you can see the date 1890 near the name of the author.

Detail of Bouguereau's signature with the date 1890

Other paintings by Bouguereau on Cupid and Psyche[edit]

Bouguereau was inspired by the story of Cupid and Psyche several times:

  1. Psyché et l'Amour (Psyche and Cupid, Salon of 1889, No. 260; Exposition Universelle of 1900, No. 242)
  2. Psyché (1892)
  3. Le ravissement de Psyché (The Abduction of Psyche or The Rapture of Psyche, Salon of 1895, No. 258)

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