OIL PAINTING: Tricoteuse [The Little Knitter], 1879
Bouguereau painted several oil paintings of girls and young women engaged in spinning, knitting, and shepherding. Bouguereau had a wonderful way with light and shadow and skin. The detail is exquisite -- you can feel the difference in the textures of her blouse, scarf, skirt, apron, and knitting, all of which contrast with the soft, smooth skin of her luminescent hands. And behind all that texture is the smooth, hard stone wall - Tricoteuse [The Little Knitter], 1879.