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1825-1905

French Academic Classicism Painter

Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a French academic painter known for his realistic and mythological works. He was a prominent figure in the art world during the 19th century and was highly regarded for his technical skill and attention to detail.

Bouguereau was born on November 30, 1825, in La Rochelle, France. His father was a wine merchant, and his mother was a descendant of a family of painters. Bouguereau showed an early interest in art, and at the age of 12, he began studying drawing under a local artist named Louis Sage. In 1841, Bouguereau moved to Bordeaux to study at the École Municipale de Dessin et de Peinture, where he studied under Jean-Paul Alaux. In 1846, he won the Prix de Rome, a prestigious scholarship that allowed him to study at the French Academy in Rome. During his time in Rome, Bouguereau was exposed to the works of the Italian Renaissance masters, which greatly influenced his style.

Bouguereau returned to France in 1850 and began to establish himself as a successful artist. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to create lifelike, almost photographic, representations of his subjects. His works often depicted mythological scenes, religious themes, and idealized representations of women and children.

Bouguereau's style was firmly rooted in the academic tradition, which emphasized the importance of drawing and the study of the human form. He was a staunch defender of the academic style and was critical of the emerging Impressionist movement, which he viewed as a departure from the rigorous standards of academic art.

He was appointed Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1885 and was made Grand Officier of the Legion of Honour in 1905. Bouguereau was a highly influential teacher at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Along with Alexandre Cabanel, he played a significant role in the French art establishment and was a major figure in maintaining the academic tradition in art during a time when it was threatened by modernism.

Bouguereau's work was characterized by his focus on mythological themes, classical subjects, and an emphasis on the female human body. His paintings often featured idealized and carefully painted realistic forms set against romantic, idealized locales. Despite facing criticism from some avant-garde artists, Bouguereau enjoyed significant popularity in France, the United States, and other countries during his lifetime. His reputation experienced a revival in the 1980s, leading to a rediscovery of his work and appreciation for his contributions to the art world.

208 Bouguereau Artworks

Portrait of Madame Olry-Roederer, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Portrait of Madame Olry-Roederer 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$51.41
SKU: 6287-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:193 x 108 cm
Private Collection

Loves Resistance, 1885 by Bouguereau | Paper Art Print

Loves Resistance 1885

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.12
SKU: 6286-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:34.5 x 23.5 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

Study of a Seated Veiled Female Figure, n.d. by Bouguereau | Paper Art Print

Study of a Seated Veiled Female Figure n.d.

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.12
SKU: 6285-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:32.4 x 25 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Pifferaro, 1874 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Pifferaro 1874

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.74
SKU: 6284-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:101.6 x 76.2 cm
Private Collection

A Young Girl, 1886 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

A Young Girl 1886

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5519-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:35.6 x 27.3 cm
Private Collection

The Earrings (Boucles D'Oreilles), 1891 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Earrings (Boucles D'Oreilles) 1891

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5515-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Idylle, 1851 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Idylle 1851

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5514-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Sketch of a Young Woman, n.d. by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Sketch of a Young Woman n.d.

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5509-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:45.7 x 38 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Self Portrait Presented to M. Sage, 1886 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Self Portrait Presented to M. Sage 1886

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5503-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Head of a Young Girl, 1898 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Head of a Young Girl 1898

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5501-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Little Brother, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Little Brother 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$66.23
SKU: 5499-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:100 x 73 cm
Private Collection

A Dream of Spring, 1901 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

A Dream of Spring 1901

Giclée Canvas Print
$64.26
SKU: 5498-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Irene, 1897 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Irene 1897

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5496-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:46 x 38.1 cm
Private Collection

Little Girl Holding Apples in Her Hands, 1895 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 5494-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:90.8 x 54 cm
Private Collection

Young Shepherdess, 1868 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Young Shepherdess 1868

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.44
SKU: 5493-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:106 x 72 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Miss Brissac, 1863 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Portrait of Miss Brissac 1863

Giclée Canvas Print
$99.43
SKU: 5491-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:91 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Gardner, 1879 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Gardner 1879

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5490-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:46 x 38.5 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

The Ford, 1895 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Ford 1895

Giclée Canvas Print
$56.31
SKU: 5489-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:155 x 71 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Self Portrait, 1879 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Self Portrait 1879

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5488-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:46.5 x 38.5 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Book Hours, 1867 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Book Hours 1867

Giclée Canvas Print
$87.19
SKU: 5487-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:66 x 53.3 cm
Private Collection

La Tricoteuse (The Little Knitter), 1884 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

La Tricoteuse (The Little Knitter) 1884

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.48
SKU: 5486-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:131 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Monsieur M, 1850 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Portrait of Monsieur M 1850

Giclée Canvas Print
$63.44
SKU: 5485-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:87 x 70.5 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Flora and Zephyr, 1875 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Flora and Zephyr 1875

Giclée Canvas Print
$74.98
SKU: 5484-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Musee des Beaux Arts, Mulhouse, France

The Elder Sister, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Elder Sister 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.74
SKU: 5483-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:130.2 x 97.2 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

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