Bouguereau Paintings

Academic Classicism

Paintings Reproductions Bouguereau, William Young Girl Defending Herself against Cupid, 1880
Bouguereau Paintings 1825 - 1905  France, Academic Classicism

Young Girl Defending Herself against Cupid, 1880

Oil on canvas

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Mythological Art

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OIL PAINTING:  Young Girl Defending Herself against Cupid, 1880

      Here we see Bouguereau at his best - a young nude woman sits with her arms outstretched, pushing away a winged boy. He is Cupid, the god of love, holding up an arrow to pierce her. The title suggests that the young woman is trying to defend herself, yet she smiles and struggles unconvincingly against the mischievous little god.