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Bouguereau A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros Music Box

Art and music combine in this charming music box. The outer paper box features a detail from one of the J. Paul Getty Museum's 19th Century Paintings, A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Inside, a high-quality sound mechanism is mounted on a resonance board for sound quality. The melody "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf plays when the hand crank is turned.

- Box dimensions: 2.25 inches x 1.75 x 1.25 inches
- Made in China
- Item #: GMB04


A young nude woman sits with her arms outstretched, pushing away a winged boy. He is Cupid, the god of love, holding up an arrow to pierce her. The title suggests that the young woman is trying to defend herself, yet she smiles and struggles unconvincingly against the mischievous little god. Visitors to the Paris exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s loved Adolphe Bougereau's paintings. The Getty Museum's painting repeats a larger composition that Bougereau made for the Paris Salon in 1880; a viewer probably saw the larger version there and requested a smaller one for private viewing. Bougereau placed his mythological fantasy in an idyllic, Arcadia-like landscape. In fact, he made this composition in his studio, copying the landscape from the neighboring French countryside and using one of his favorite models.

William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 - 1905)
A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros, about 1880
Oil on canvas
81.6 × 57.8 cm (32 1/8 × 22 3/4 in.)
Gift of J. Paul Getty