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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Bouguereau, William-Adolphe
Culture:French (1825-1905)
Title:Le travail interrompu (Work Interrupted)
Date Made:1891
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:Frame: 70 3/8 in x 45 3/16 in x 3 in; 178.8 cm x 114.8 cm x 7.6 cm; Stretcher: 63 in x 39 1/4 in; 160 cm x 99.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1971.54
Credit Line:Museum Purchase

Label Text:
In this fanciful depiction of life in ancient Greece, a playful Cupid anoints a young woman’s ear with perfume, distracting her with thoughts of love as her mind wanders from her tedious task of winding balls of wool. Bouguereau's strict adherence to a realistic, classical style gained him widespread acclaim in France and the United States at the same time that the Impressionist painters were struggling to establish a different approach. The luminous color and delicate, almost invisible brush strokes are hallmarks of Bouguereau's work.

Written by Sara Sligar, Class of 2010

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