Guillaume Seignac and his eternal classical beauties

Pierrot´s embrace by Seignac
Pierrot´s embrace by Seignac


Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924) was a french painter. He was trained at the Academié Julian in Paris for six years, where he had several great instructors including William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Seignac was an academic painter which means that he was heavily influenced by the Neoclassicism and Romanticism. He painted beautiful women posing as classical muses, goddesses and leisure lovers. His frequent chosen themes were classical and mythological scenes.Phineas’s sculptures seemed to have inspired him to cover his subjects with elaborated drapery.

I've fallen in love with Seignac’s paintings, specially the ones in which his muses seem to be contorting in pleasure and joy. It’s the ideal image of perfection in every of his paintings, that can only trigger admiration. There is something poetic about the arrangements in the background, the hair style, the look in the eyes of every model, he painted.

I'm particular fond of ¨Pierrot´s embrace¨, it's a erotic scene almost, but so playful and not shocking at all only due that characters are in costume. It's the idea behind Pierrot´s embrace, people can behave differently under a determinated situation and company.

Seignac inspires me to look deeper in every painting that I see and find the meaning the author intended me to see and my own.

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la rata de madera 4 years ago

"You can touch me but you can't have me." It's what the painting tells me... what do you think?


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LorenAyBe 4 years ago from Belgium Author

Thanks for commenting, Rata de madera. Images,paintings, sculptures generally mean something different for each individual.The important thing is that the form of art, You're admiring, tells you something, mean something for you beyond what it's there.


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Green Art 3 years ago

The playfulness in the painting is evident at first glance. What stands out for me too are all the delicate and amazing fabrics they are both wearing. Look at all the variations of white he used in the mans clothing and golden yellows in her flowing dress. The sheer scarf draped over her arm and across her lap with small shiny circles through out.

I could look at this painting for hours and still find more to talk about. A wonderful piece to be sure. I hadn't seen this painting in some time and your article made me look at it even closer. Thank you:)

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