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Culture Desk: A Painting Well-Liked (and "Well-Licked")

Brooks Museum of Art

It's one of the Brooks Museum's most popular paintings: "At the Foot of the Cliff," by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. As curator Stanton Thomas points out in this week's Culture Desk, the artist's dreamy and creamy brush strokes have beguiled art lovers for more than a century. But his contemporaries -- particularly the Impressionists -- weren't entirely uncritical of Bouguereau's smooth moves.

Au pied de la falaise (At the Foot of the Cliff), 1886

Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825 - 1905

Medium: Oil on canvas

Painting: 43 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (109.9 x 66.7 cm)
Frame: 55 x 38 x 4 1/2 in. (139.7 x 96.5 x 11.4 cm)

Credit Line: Bequest of Morrie A. Moss

Object Number: 93.4

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.