A Vocation – by William A. Bouguereau

The definition of vocation is a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. A prolific painter, Bouguereau himself has painted over 800 paintings in his lifetime. He is considered the master when it comes to depicting the human body. He is...

The Novel by Herman Jean Joseph Richir

What I love about this painting by Richir is the evident effect of the novel on the reader. She is not reading at the moment. She seems relaxed, the novel is resting at her knees, closed, but her finger is guarding her place. The long, slender fingers of her left hand...

Contemplation by Felix Armand Heullant

Amongst possible distractions – a man, a mirror, jewelry, and other fineries – a woman is intently contemplating. Lying on a book, her fingers are about to flip a page, but her gaze remains steadily deep in thought. It is obvious she has been provoked into...

Henrietta – Bouguereau's Daughter

This painting William A. Bouguereau did of his daughter, Henrietta (the painting is also called Head of A Girl) is a fantastic example of why I love Romantic Realism. This means it displays reality in a romantic fashion, which means in the highest possible sense known...

Fallen Angel by Alexandre Cabanel

Writing a scene means focusing on the details of that particular moment you’re trying to create. You must try and invoke all the senses in the reader’s imagination, so that the reader can imagine the place, the characters, and their actions. It might sound...