Disdain oil painting by William Bouguereau at the age of 25

made out of oil paint and canvas in 1850

55 x 56 cms (211/2 x 22 ins)

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris, France, Europe

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Two butterfly-shaped walnut braces are inserted into the back of the panel of the Mona Lisa to a depth of about 1/3 the thickness of the panel. This intervention is was skillfully executed, and successfully stabilized the crack that had been forming in it.

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By now William Bouguereau has made strong connections with art dealers, particularly Paul Durand-Ruel (later the champion of the Impressionists), who helped clients buy paintings from artists who exhibited at the Salons.

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