Here are some photos from a recent trip I took to see Bouguereau's masterpiece, "La Jeunesse de Bacchus" (1884), on display at Sotheby's in NYC until it's sale on May 14th (which is also my birthday funny enough). I went to go see the painting with my brother and his girlfriend and I can't even describe how it looked in person. It's very overwhelming to be honest. It looks different in person than in photos (as does every work of art) so I encourage everyone to go visit it and see for yourself.
An interesting technical side note, in the last image you can see how Bouguereau changed the position of a triangle instrument being played by a young boy. As oil paint ages, it becomes more transparent and thus reveals changes in the under layers. You can see the inked outline underneath which Bouguereau didn't always abide by. I could look at this painting for hours and I'm very happy that I got to see it.
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