19th century antique large size photogravure entitled "Youth of Bacchus", after a work by french painter William Bouguereau (1825 -1905). Printed 1st October 1886 by Boussod, Valadon & Cie.
This print is in excellent condition and has been cleaned by a hired profesionnal restorer.
19.7" x 30" (50 x 76 cm)
Bouguereau signed an exclusivity contract with Adolphe Goupil. The latter, who also owned an art gallery, became the painter's preferred dealer and his workshops used the various techniques of the period to reproduce practically all of the painter's works. For example, the painting "The Youth of Bacchus" has been reproduced as a photoengraving. Photoengraving is a modern photomechanical reproduction procedure which combines the accuracy of photography with the image stability of a traditional engraving.
Roman God Bacchus (Greek Dionysus) from Ancient Mythology, 19th Large Print after painting by William Bouguereau