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January 22, 2010
And yet innocent.
January 23, 2010
Yes and no. Many of Bouguereau's paintings play with that theme of adult sensuality and childhood innocence. It's something, that if these paintings had come out today, probably would have caused a great deal of controversy, but I think that if viewed within its own context people will see that he was taking his inspiration from early Greek and Roman artwork, as well as Renaissance and Classicalism. So this sort of thing was nothing new.
January 24, 2010
It's a rite of passage painting, she's becoming a woman.
January 25, 2010
Nope. Think about the title "The Return of Spring" and about what happens in nature at springtime and with the cherubs and the cupid, it's pretty clear. She's being awoken sexually by the burgeoning season of birth and renewal.
January 26, 2010
I thought I said that.
January 26, 2010
No, you just said she's becoming a woman, which to me anyway, is more of a biological change than what's depicted here.
January 26, 2010
Unless you're talking about child molestation, we're talking about the same thing. To a man perhaps it's just a biological change, but believe me it isn't. It also means that she is taking an interest in sex which wouldn't have been of any interest to her previously. Don't be quite so literal all the time. =) I was merely agreeing with you.
January 26, 2010
Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic. Sometimes, it's hard to tell with you. ; )
January 26, 2010
Me?
January 26, 2010
No, must be the other Queen B on the site.
January 26, 2010
I keep forgetting about her.
January 26, 2010
Funny how you two look alike and even review the same movies... with the same review titles too.
January 26, 2010
It is a bit odd now that I think about it.
 
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