The Spinner, William-Adolphe Bouguereau; larger version here
Somehow, despite my fondness for nineteenth century academic art, I can’t get all goggle-eyed and worshipful of Bouguereau the way they do over at the Art Renewal Center. Neither do I jump on the bandwagon of reviling him as facile and shallow, or as an enemy of the Impressionists (which he was).
I do, however, recognize him as a very good painter, particularly at his most direct.
See my previous post on William-Adolphe Bouguereau.