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Oil Painting - Charity

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1897P11
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1865 - 1865

Maker Information

Artist: William Adolphe Bouguereau - View biography for William Adolphe Bouguereau


In this monumental work, which was first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1865, Bougereau presents a woman with three children huddled in front of the church of the Madeleine in Paris. With its strongly centralised, pyramidal composition and low viewpoint, the painting is conceived as an altarpiece, with the mother becoming a kind of secular madonna.

Presented by Charles Harding Esq., 1897.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:1219 mm
Width:1524 mm