OIL PAINTING: Le Travail Interrompu [Work Interrupted], 1891
Here, in Work Interrupted, the babe Eros floats down from his lofty perch, and before whispering into this young woman's ear-before relating her first message of love-he ever so gently removes any obstruction that may bar her from properly hearing this most-important of messages.
One of the many unique values of this painting of Bouguereau is that it inspires us to ask these very questions-and it begs us to think of our first love; what that love meant-and what it means to us today.
But probably the primary value of the painting Le Travail Interrompu [Work Interrupted], is that we get to experience the beauty of this event first hand. To experience this coming-of-age in the most delicate of ways, conveyed by one of art-history's most delicate of artists- Bouguereau.