Volume and three-dimensional are the words which walk parallel to the art of sculpture. But when we feel the sense of volume while looking at a painted object, it must be the skill of the artist who used the shades of colours so marvelously, strokes of brushes so perfectly. William-Adolphe Bouguereau was such an artist.
Perhaps no other painters had given so lively and photorealistic treatment to the figures as the master artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau had given. The manner in which he painted movements; the artistic prowess which he displayed in painting skin tones of cloth-less women, and the sensuality he packed into the female figures he painted: these all speak out that he was master in creating compatibility between colours and the forms.
Art and Literature -
In doing so he did capture every aspect of the human body, every tender nuance of personality of the models sitting before his canvases. He gave life to the subtlest fraction of human body in his figurative paintings.
In the above painting Art and Literature (Lart et la litterature) he had tried depicting two women representing art and literature. The precisely the painted women carry the respective symbols of art (painting material) and Music and literature in their hands. Such paintings were symbolical in their character.