William Bouguereau: Les Quatre Saisons: Le Printemps, L’Été, L’Automne, L’Hiver.
Monlun Family Collection, Angoulins, France (commissioned directly from the artist, 1854)
Les quatre saisons are Bouguereau’s earliest recorded gold ground decorations. Typically reserved for sacred subjects and devotional pieces, Bouguereau was conscious of the warm glittering effect that gold leaf would have amidst residential gas lighting.
Via Pitty Kitty.