Sunday, July 01, 2007

Bouguereau: The First Mourning

William Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Premier Deuil [The First Mourning]
Oil on canvas, 1888
79 7/8 x 99 1/8 inches (203 x 252 cm)
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

The dead body of Abel lies across Adam's lap. Eve is kneeling by his side crying uncontrollably.

The grief is greater: Abel was murdered; the murderer was Cain, their other son, who has fled.

Bouguereau had five sons, four of whom died before him. First Mourning was painted directly after the death of his second son.