About this FIlm:
As a young boy, my first exposure to the fine art of painting occurred within Chicago's absolutely delightful Art Institute galleries. Among the collections' masterpieces that grace its daylight dappled spaces, The Bathers by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) found a fixed place in my permanent collection of treasured memories. Always a favorite, each viewing leaving me pondering the manifold overtones of subtext catalyzed by my experience of this masterpiece.
Late one night when I was working on a corporate graphic design project, during a break sitting at my computer, I realized that I hadn't been to a large museum like New York's MET, MOMA, Frick or Chicago's Art Institute in quite some time – well over a year. So I cyber-surfed those museums and a few others "across the pond." During my virtual global gallery tours, I alighted upon a number of my favorite Bouguereau paintings. Suddenly "magic" took hold, as I happened once again upon The Bathers at the Art Institute's website.
Over the next two weeks, during spare hours, I searched out the most accessible, high resolution images I could lay my digital hands on to actualize a visual script that had precipitated at the synchronicity of my viewing The Bathers, Nymphaeum, The Wave, and Resisting Eros and other of the Master's paintings. The rest is history. The film assembled itself almost of its own accord. As I've often stated, my best comes playing "stenographer to the unconscious."
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As for the biographical details, art critics' evaluations and/or psycho-sociological debates regarding Bouguereau's less than popular (at the time) obsession with mythological subjects, arcane symbology, and the inter-relationships of many of his figures (such as the nymphs) – he was considered something of a hack-academic during his day – I leave you to form your own conclusions. There's a plethora of commentary out there for the avid to peruse.