When I look at old portraits, I wonder about the person in the portrait. What kind of person they were, in some cases their name is unknown. Here are some examples that I saw last week in a local antique store.
Isn't this the cutest photograph of two little girls, lost in time. Names unknown.
In my Artist statement I mention Adolphe-William Bouguereau and his models.
"I will never meet Bouguereaus’ young shepherdess or anyone who knew her but she has an identity in my heart."
Bouguereau is one of my favorite portrait artists and it's in my study of his work that I have noticed how one of the models he used looks a LOT like my grand daughter. My husband and I saw an exhibit of Bouguereau's paintings in Memphis when this painting took us by surprise, as it looked just like our grand daughter