OIL PAINTING: Le Goeter [Just a Taste], 1895
Bouguereau paintings began to move away from grandiose compositions to more genre-like scenes with fewer figures like the painting, shown above - Le Goeter [Just a Taste], 1895. Mothers and children, shepherdesses, and children playing were some of the themes that would find a place on the walls of middle class homes. Bouguereau was a canny businessman. In addition to exploiting the great marketplace of the Salon, he allied himself with dealers who could show his work to advantage and procure for him good prices. Toward the late 1850s Bouguereau paintings were beginning to be handled by the dealer Paul Durand Ruel (1828-1922); after October 1866, Adolphe Goupil (1806-1893) was Bouguereau's exclusive dealer. Beginning in the 1860s Bouguereau's paintings were particularly popular in England and America, where the taste for scenes of domestic sentimentality ran high.