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William Adolphe Bouguereau

Le Jour des Morts

William Adolphe Bouguereau is another Old Master whose work I greatly admire for his ability to render beautiful skin tones in the subjects he painted. This is a rather sad painting of two grieving female figures. Note how the artist has used a pyramid composition clumping the two mourners together. The emphasize is not so much on the figures as on what we can not see. The gaze of the woman in the background and the outstretched hand towards the grave allure to the passing of a loved one.

I came across this poem, which I absolutely love and wanted to save. I think this post is an appropriate place for it.


 Do not stand by my grave and weep, 
I am not there,
I do not sleep, 
I am a thousand winds that blow,
 I am the diamond glints on snow.
 I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain. 
 When you awake in the morning's hush I am the swift uplift rush
 Of quiet birds in circling flight 
I am the soft star- shine at night. 
Do not stand by my grave and cry,
 I am not there, 
I did not die. 


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