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Adolphe William Bouguereau

(1825 La Rochelle, France - 1905 La Rochelle, France)

Along with Alexandre Cabanel, William-Adolphe Bouguereau was the most influential upholder of the conservative values of French academic art in his day. His paintings stress those values: precise drawing, contour, and finish, along with strict adherence to the rules of anatomy, perspective, academic modeling, and physiognomic expression in which internal character is revealed by outward appearance. An heir of Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Bouguereau's subjects included Classical, mythological, allegorical, or Orientalist themes, as well as contemporary history. Most of his works were popularly known through engravings.

From 1843 to 1850, Bouguereau studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, winning the Prix de Rome in 1850. When he returned from Rome, Bouguereau decorated several great houses, drawing his inspiration from the frescoes at Pompeii and Herculaneum. He was awarded a medal of honor at the Paris exhibition of 1878 and in the 1885 Salon. Bouguereau's academic renderings were highly regarded by many of his contemporaries, but they were exactly what the Impressionists rebelled against. When Pierre-Auguste Renoir was being fitted with new glasses to correct his myopia, he threw the spectacles on the floor, crying: Bon Dieu, je vois comme Bouguereau! ("Good God, I see like Bouguereau!")

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A Calling

A Calling

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23361
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A Dream of Spring

A Dream of Spring

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23385
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A Dreamy Girl with a Bird Cage

A Dreamy Girl with a Bird Cage

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23110
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A Last Intimacy

A Last Intimacy

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23104
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A Moment's Rest

A Moment's Rest

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23363
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A Portrait of Amelina Dufaud Bouguereau

A Portrait of Amelina Dufaud Bouguereau

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#18753
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A Portrait of Eugène Bouguereau

A Portrait of Eugène Bouguereau

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#18754
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A Portrait of Geneviève Bouguereau

A Portrait of Geneviève Bouguereau

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#18755
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A Portrait of Léonie Bouguereau

A Portrait of Léonie Bouguereau

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#18756
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A Relaxing Afternoon

A Relaxing Afternoon

Original ArtistAdolphe William Bouguereau
Code#23207
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