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    Posted: 03 Sep 2011 at 01:54
Does anyone know what the original painting is that the following detail is taken from please?



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That image is stored somewhere in my memory banks but for the life of me I can not retrieve it, but all of the sexual sentimentalism it projects places its provenance in the 19th century and the rise of the artsy-fartsy. Its amorphous sexuality underscores it is not angelic in the least and more cupidesque [as in Eros] in all of its implications. But thanks a lot for provoking a perverse curiosity that demands I search through the records of late "Victoriana" during the Belle Epoque...fortunately it is most definitely not Pre-Raphaelite or Rossetti.
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Thanks for your reply. It sounds like you enjoy a challenge? If so, do you want me to tell you (I finally found the right combination of search terms) or just give you a hint?

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Shoot...I'm game for this staging.
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The painting year is 1891 and the artist was French.
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Well that shortened parameter agrees with my "smelling out" the Belle Epoque and the only one propagating this slick metrosexuality in Art can be none other than that old poseur Bouguereau still longing for the kitsch of the Second Empire. And voila! I was right--here is the monstrosity in its entirety: L'Amour Mouille
 
Hard to believe he was still churning out this stuff at exactly the same time that Odilon Redon had made it passe...
 
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Not a fan of Bouguereau then? :)

Thanks for the other link.

Interesting that your link gives the title "Wet Cupid". Most of the others I found simply referred to it as "Cupidon".

As a trivial aside, the on-line reproductions are all pretty grainy and the colour quality varies immensely.... is cupid a brunette or a red-head?


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Would you have preferred "liquid" as a translation of mouille? The actual title of this soporific wet dream is L'Amour Mouille and it never had the name "cupidon" attached to it since in French such an appellation is equivalent to the Italian generic putti. You can blame Wiki for this misattribution but then it goes and confuses the actual year of composition under that name as 1875 and not 1891. And this version of love is definitely a brunette...
 
Now as for the vagaries of the image via the Internet...here are examples:
 
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Thanks for the further information - it's an education

I'm happy with either translation but the alliterative "Liquid Love" does seem to fit the sentiment better perhaps.

Thanks for the links. I particularly like the digital alteration into a goth! 




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Getting me to the UK would "bust the budget"--theirs, not mine--Zagros, now when they begin a new hunt for "the Doctor" as Time Lord...
 
However, the reason that piece of kitsch [the height of Academy philistinism] should be recalled is that having to look at it and recognizing such garbage as artistic glory was sufficiently distasteful so as to provoke the reaction of Matisse, Degas, and Gauguin and finally put paid to all of the hypocrisy generated by philohellenism!
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Hmm, considering the painting, and the name of the painter, could 'Bouguereau' be the origin of the English slang term "Bugger"?  Wink  As in those famous fighting words: "Bouguereau you too, mate!"
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