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William Adolphe Bouguereau
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter. William Bouguereau (French: [wiljɑm buɡ(ə)ˈʁo]) was a traditionalist; in his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of Classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. 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. Bouguereau, painting entirely within the traditional Academic style, exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Paris Salon for his entire working life. An early reviewer stated, “M. Bouguereau has a natural instinct and knowledge of contour. The eurythmie of the human body preoccupies him, and in recalling the happy results which, in this genre, the ancients and the artists of the sixteenth century arrived at, one can only congratulate M. Bouguereau in attempting to follow in their footsteps…Raphael was inspired by the ancients…and no one accused him of not being original.” Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist whose genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects, both pagan and Christian, with a concentration on the naked female human body. The idealized world of his paintings, brought to life goddesses, nymphs, bathers, shepherdesses, and madonnas in a way that appealed to wealthy art patrons of the era. Bouguereau steadily gained the honors of the Academy, reaching Life Member in 1876, and Commander of the Legion of Honor and Grand Medal of Honor in 1885. He began to teach drawing at the Académie Julian in 1875, a co-ed art institution independent of the École des Beaux-Arts, with no entrance exams and with nominal fees. In 1877, both his wife and infant son died. At a rather advanced age, Bouguereau was married for the second time in 1896, to fellow artist Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, one of his pupils.He used his influence to open many French art institutions to women for the first time, including the Académie française. Near the end of his life he described his love of his art: “Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come…if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable”.He painted 826 paintings.In the spring of 1905, Bouguereau's house and studio in Paris were burgled. On August 19, 1905, Bouguereau died in La Rochelle at the age of 79 from heart disease.
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  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau
    Oil painting Reproduction
    Size:20 × 24 inch
    Price: $206.40
       
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