[French Academic Painter, 1825-1905]
The First Mourning, 1888
oil on canvas
The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
This work depicts the moment after Adam and Eve just found the body of their son Abel, who was murdered by Cain. According to the biblical account, this was the first human death.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau had suffered the loss of his second son shortly before painting this work.
Its original name is “Premier Deuil”, in French, of which “The First Mourning” is a literal translation.