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

In Penitence, 1895 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

In Penitence 1895

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 264-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:131 x 77.5 cm
Private Collection

The Virgin of the Lilies, 1899 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Virgin of the Lilies 1899

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 263-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

L'aurore (Dawn), 1881 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

L'aurore (Dawn) 1881

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 262-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:215 x 107 cm
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA

The Prisoner, 1891 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Prisoner 1891

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 261-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:131 x 77.5 cm
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Thirst, 1886 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Thirst 1886

Giclée Canvas Print
$68.99
SKU: 260-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:132 x 102 cm
Private Collection

The Youth of Bacchus, 1884 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Youth of Bacchus 1884

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 259-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:331 x 610 cm
Private Collection

Two Sisters, 1901 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Two Sisters 1901

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 258-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:110.5 x 78.5 cm
Lawrence University, Appleton, USA

Dante and Virgil in Hell, 1850 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Dante and Virgil in Hell 1850

Giclée Canvas Print
$51.74
SKU: 257-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:281 x 225 cm
Private Collection

The Haymaker, 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Haymaker 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$61.11
SKU: 256-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:101.5 x 81 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

Breton Brother and Sister, 1871 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Breton Brother and Sister 1871

Giclée Canvas Print
$84.86
SKU: 255-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:129.2 x 89.2 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Wasp's Nest, 1892 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Wasp's Nest 1892

Giclée Canvas Print
$87.14
SKU: 254-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:213 x 152.5 cm
Private Collection

The Virgin with Angels, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Virgin with Angels 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 253-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:285 x 185 cm
Petit Palais Musee des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

Sisters on the Shore (Sur la Greve), 1896 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 252-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:142.2 x 91.4 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

The Grape Picker, 1875 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Grape Picker 1875

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 251-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:140 x 63 cm
New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

Alma Parens, 1883 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Alma Parens 1883

Giclée Canvas Print
$74.32
SKU: 250-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:230 x 140 cm
Private Collection

The Madonna of the Roses, 1903 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Madonna of the Roses 1903

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 249-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:130 x 90.5 cm
The Gould Mansion Tarrytown, New York, USA

At the Fountain, 1897 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

At the Fountain 1897

Giclée Canvas Print
$55.85
SKU: 248-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:153 x 94 cm
Private Collection

The Wave, 1896 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Wave 1896

Giclée Canvas Print
$94.17
SKU: 247-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:121 x 160.5 cm
Private Collection

The Storm, 1874 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Storm 1874

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.82
SKU: 246-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

The Little Knitter, 1879 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Little Knitter 1879

Giclée Canvas Print
$54.79
SKU: 245-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:100.5 x 60.5 cm
Private Collection

Les Noisettes (The Nut Gatherers), 1882 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Les Noisettes (The Nut Gatherers) 1882

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.81
SKU: 244-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:87.6 x 134 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

The Heart's Awakening, 1892 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Heart's Awakening 1892

Giclée Canvas Print
$83.98
SKU: 242-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:160 x 111 cm
Private Collection

The Virgin, the Baby Jesus and St. John the Baptist, 1875 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 241-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:200.5 x 122 cm
Private Collection

The Little Knitter, 1882 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Little Knitter 1882

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: 240-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:100.5 x 60.5 cm
Appleton Museum of Art at Florida College, Ocala, USA

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