OIL PAINTING: La couturiere [Sewing], 1898
Many of Bouguereau paintings of girls were not given the subject of an emotion, a narrative, or a situation, either. There is a great body of paintings of his that are framed around an object in the painting or act a stool, a bowl of cherries, breakfast, or sewing. But each of these don't vapidly use the subject, they express it. The painting of a girl on a stool, is about the object of the stool and how the girl sits on it; the painting of a girl sewing is about the act of sewing.