Portrait of Adolphe-William Bouguereau

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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

Plums, 1896 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Plums 1896

Giclée Canvas Print
$78.75
SKU: 295-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:96.5 x 60.5 cm
Private Collection

Brother and Sister, 1887 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Brother and Sister 1887

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 294-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:179 x 80 cm
Private Collection

The Crab, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Crab 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$72.11
SKU: 293-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:81 x 65.5 cm
Private Collection

Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist, 1863 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 292-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:137 x 108 cm
Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan, Taiwan

Returned from the Market, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Returned from the Market 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$78.24
SKU: 291-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:61 x 51 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Maternal Admiration, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Maternal Admiration 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 290-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:116 x 89 cm
Private Collection

Wet Cupid, 1891 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Wet Cupid 1891

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 288-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:155.5 x 84.5 cm
Private Collection

Modesty, 1902 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Modesty 1902

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 283-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:160.5 x 72.5 cm
Private Collection

Bather, 1870 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Bather 1870

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 282-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:190.5 x 95 cm
Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation Museums, Costa Brava, Spain

After the Bath, 1875 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

After the Bath 1875

Giclée Canvas Print
$62.15
SKU: 281-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:181 x 90.5 cm
Museo-Teatro Salvador Dali , Figueiras, Spain

Portrait of Gabrielle Drienza, 1890 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Portrait of Gabrielle Drienza 1890

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 279-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:45.5 x 38 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Daisies, 1894 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Daisies 1894

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 278-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:91.5 x 56 cm
Private Collection

Bacchante, 1899 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Bacchante 1899

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 277-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:100 x 70.5 cm
Private Collection

Young Mother Gazing at Her Child, 1871 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Young Mother Gazing at Her Child 1871

Giclée Canvas Print
$54.64
SKU: 276-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:142.2 x 102.9 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Love Takes Flight, 1901 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Love Takes Flight 1901

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 275-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:170 x 112 cm
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA

Spring Breeze, 1895 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Spring Breeze 1895

Giclée Canvas Print
$83.58
SKU: 274-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:98.5 x 65.5 cm
Private Collection

Revery, 1894 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Revery 1894

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 273-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:112 x 71 cm
Private Collection

The Harvester, 1868 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Harvester 1868

Giclée Canvas Print
$72.57
SKU: 272-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:106.5 x 85 cm
Private Collection

The Lost Pleiad, 1884 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Lost Pleiad 1884

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.82
SKU: 271-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:195.5 x 95 cm
Private Collection

The Assault, 1898 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Assault 1898

Giclée Canvas Print
$51.33
SKU: 270-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:153 x 104 cm
Private Collection

Young Worker, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Young Worker 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$69.96
SKU: 269-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:129 x 96.5 cm
Private Collection

Innocence, 1893 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Innocence 1893

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 268-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:100 x 52.5 cm
Private Collection

Little Thief, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Little Thief 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$52.16
SKU: 266-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:124.4 x 70.1 cm
Private Collection

Laurel Branch, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Laurel Branch 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.20
SKU: 265-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:115.5 x 70 cm
Private Collection

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