Which painting by Alexandre Cabanel do you like better.

United States
November 29, 2017 2:13pm CST
Alexandre Cabanel was a French artist in the 19th century. His specialized in Academic art. I read the explanation of Academic art on several sites, and I still can't explain what Academic art is. Thankfully, we don't need to thoroughly understand something to like it. There are two of his paintings that are my favorites: A: The Sword Bearing Page--painted in 1881. B: Ophelia, from Hamlet, painted in 1883. I can't make up my mind which one is my favorite. Which one do you prefer? Both paintings, in the picture, are from Wikimedia and are available for use through public domain. {{PD-1923}} – published anywhere before 1923 and public domain in the U.S.
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@JohnRoberts (54003)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Nov
Ophelia because she looks langorous perhaps waiting for a lover.
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• United States
29 Nov
I agree, he made this painting so hopeful, it makes me believe she will change her mind, instead of the sad event that happens.
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@JohnRoberts (54003)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Nov
@MALUSE I am interpreting the painting without bias by Shakespeare. I am gazing upon the image on its merit not as a representation from Hamlet.
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@MALUSE (39041)
• Germany
29 Nov
@JohnRoberts Why is it 'bias' if you know what the painter had in mind? It's called information. This has nothing to do with liking or not liking a piece of art.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
They are both impressive. I love the hair on the page. I'd like hair like that.
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• United States
30 Nov
My daughter and granddaughter thought the page was a woman, but I thought it was a teenage boy. His hair reminds me of styles from the 70' or 80's.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
@misunderstood_zombie Until I read 'page' I thought it was a girl too but it seemed strange that 'she' had a sword.
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@Frenzys9 (176)
• United States
29 Nov
Ophelia Just because she looks so much more gracefull. The sword bearing women looks kind of serious and the painting is much more dark.
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• United States
29 Nov
I think it's a teenage boy, but I agree that Ophelia is very graceful.
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• United States
29 Nov
@Frenzys9 Skylar thought it was a girl, also.
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@MALUSE (39041)
• Germany
29 Nov
To be honest, this is not my favourite style. Another one from the same period is Ophelia by the painter Millais which you can see in the Tate Gallery in London.
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• United States
29 Nov
There are many artists who painted poor Ophelia. I would love to visit the museums in London--it must be wonderful . This painting looks more realistic than the one in my post.
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@MALUSE (39041)
• Germany
29 Nov
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Ophelia Artist John Everett Millais Year 1851–1852 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 76.2 cm × 111.8 cm (30.0 in × 44.0 in) Location Tate Britain, London Ophelia is a painting by British artis
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@Corbin5 (102612)
• United States
29 Nov
Ophelia, from Hamlet due to the use of softer, less harsh color.
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• United States
29 Nov
I know she doesn't really exist, except in the mind of Shakespeare, but I don't want her to die, and this painting could be from an alternate universe, where she changes her mind. I think it's my favorite also.
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@snowy22315 (45319)
• United States
29 Nov
I am going to go with the Sword Bearing Page. I like the vivid colors.
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• United States
29 Nov
I like this one also. He looks so sweet, I wonder if anyone was sweet in the middle ages, even at an early age?
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@topffer (33785)
• France
29 Nov
I wonder why you have chosen two of the rare paintings of Cabanel in private collections. You want to buy one? I really do not like academic art. The page looks like a disguised Parisian kid, Ophelia has an unlikely pose... Characteristic of Cabanel's paintings.
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• United States
29 Nov
Nope, don't want to buy one (maybe if I was extremely rich ). I just like them, even though they are in private collections, thank goodness the paintings can be looked at and used online (public domain). I like most art, and these two are my favorite of his. The kid is rather sweet, and was probably a Parisian kid.
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@topffer (33785)
• France
29 Nov
@misunderstood_zombie You do not need to be extremely rich to buy this. His paintings were cheap two decades ago, and you can still get many for less than $5000. You do not prefer a painter like Manet, from the same period ?
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• United States
29 Nov
@topffer I do love love Impressionistic paintings--they're my favorite, but I thought I would go through a lot of paintings I like, and paintings have to be really bad for me not to like them. Some of his paintings are really expensive though, one sold at Christie's for 400,000 dollars. ( l was going to pretend that I knew this information, but I actually looked it up.)
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@hereandthere (29631)
• Philippines
30 Nov
i think most of us are that way, we just like something, we take it at face value, it evokes something within us. it makes me wonder, though, do the artists get offended when their pieces aren't perceived the way they intended?
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• United States
30 Nov
I don't know. That's a great question, and I would assume they would love for art to bring up our own stories and feelings. It makes me wonder, also.
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@Madshadi (8939)
• Brussels, Belgium
29 Nov
Both pictures are really beautiful it’s hard to decide
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• United States
29 Nov
I feel the same way. The boy looks so innocent and I feel Ophelia is having second thoughts.
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@teamfreak16 (40848)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Dec
Ophelia. It's darker in nature, which I like.