William-Adolphe Bouguereau

French, 1825-1905
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Fraternal Love
1851, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Dance
1856, oil on canvas, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Spring
1858, oil on canvas, private collection
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : All Saints' Day (Le jour des morts)
1859, oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Rest at Harvest
1865, oil on cavnas, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Thanks Offering
1867, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Art and Literature
1867, oil on canvas, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Shell
1871, oil on canvas
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Nymphs and Satyr
1873, oil on canvas, Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Cupidon
1875, Bridgeman Art Library, London
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Secret
1876, oil on canvas, New York Historical Society
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Return from the Harvest
1878, oil on canvas, Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : A Soul Brought to Heaven
1878, oil on canvas, Musee du Perigord
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Charity
1878, oil on canvas, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Rest
1879, Oil on canvas 64 1/2 x 42 1/8 inches (164x107cm), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Birth of Venus
1879, oil on canvas, Musee d'Orsay at Paris
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Self-Portrait
1879, oil on canvas, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Temptation
1880, oil on canvas, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros
1880, oil on canvas, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Song of the Angels
1881, oil on canvas, Museum at Forest-Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Child at Bath
1886, oil on canvas, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Annunciation
1888, oil on canvas
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Bohemian
1890, oil on canvas, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Innocence
1890, oil on canvas
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Work Interrupted
1891, oil on canvas, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Abduction of Psyche
1895, oil on canvas, Private Collection
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Girl
1895, oil on canvas, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Two Girls (Childhood Idyll)
1900, oil on Canvas, Denver Art Museum
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : The Virgin with Angels
1900, oil on canvas, Musee du Petit Palais at Paris
William-Adolphe Bouguereau : Portrait of the Artist
46.5x38.5cm, Montreal Museum of Arts, Montreal, Canada
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle, France, on November 30, 1825, into a family of wine and olive oil merchants. He seemed destined to join the family business but for the intervention of his uncle Eugène, a Roman Catholic priest, who taught him classical and Biblical subjects, and arranged for Bouguereau to go to high school. He showed artistic talent early on. His father was convinced by a client to send him to the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, where he won first prize in figure painting for a depiction of Saint Roch. To earn extra money, he designed labels for jams and preserves.



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