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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

Seated Nude, 1884 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Seated Nude 1884

Giclée Canvas Print
$58.17
SKU: 213-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:116.5 x 89 cm
The Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts, USA

Young Priestess, 1902 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Young Priestess 1902

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 212-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:181 x 81 cm
Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, New York, USA

Homer and His Guide, 1874 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Homer and His Guide 1874

Giclée Canvas Print
$63.59
SKU: 211-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:209 x 143 cm
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

Art and Literature, 1867 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Art and Literature 1867

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 210-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:200 x 108 cm
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, USA

Orestes Pursued by the Furies, 1862 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Orestes Pursued by the Furies 1862

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 209-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:231 x 279 cm
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA

Vierge consolatrice (Virgin of Consolation), 1877 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 207-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:204 x 148 cm
Art Museums, Strasbourg, France

Pieta, 1876 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Pieta 1876

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 206-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:230 x 148 cm
Private Collection

Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros, 1880 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 205-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:81.6 x 57.8 cm
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA

The Flagellation of Christ, 1880 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Flagellation of Christ 1880

Giclée Canvas Print
$88.25
SKU: 204-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:309 x 212 cm
La Rochelle Cathedral, La Rochelle, France

Song of the Angels, 1881 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Song of the Angels 1881

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 203-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:213.4 x 152.4 cm
Museum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, USA

Virgin and Child, 1888 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Virgin and Child 1888

Giclée Canvas Print
$73.48
SKU: 202-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:176.5 x 103 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Charity, 1878 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Charity 1878

Giclée Canvas Print
$55.18
SKU: 201-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:196 x 117 cm
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA

Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, 1882 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 200-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:190.5 x 111 cm
Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA

Child at Bath, 1886 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Child at Bath 1886

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 199-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:83.5 x 61.6 cm
Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Rest in Harvest, 1865 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Rest in Harvest 1865

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 198-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:81.3 x 147.3 cm
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, USA

The Broken Pitcher, 1891 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Broken Pitcher 1891

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 197-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:134.6 x 83.8 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

The Pet Bird, 1867 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Pet Bird 1867

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 196-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:81.9 x 66 cm
Private Collection

Childhood Idyll, 1900 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Childhood Idyll 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$73.22
SKU: 195-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:102 x 130 cm
Denver Museum of Art, Colorado, USA

Return from the Harvest, 1878 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Return from the Harvest 1878

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 194-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:241.3 x 170.2 cm
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, USA

Little Marauders, 1872 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Little Marauders 1872

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 193-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:200.5 x 109 cm
Private Collection

Les petites mendicantes (The Little Beggar Girls), 1890 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print
SKU: 192-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:161.6 x 93.4 cm
Syracuse University Art Collection, New York, USA

The Bohemian, 1890 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

The Bohemian 1890

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 191-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:150 x 106.7 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Rest, 1879 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

Rest 1879

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.75
SKU: 190-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:164.5 x 117.5 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

La tricoteuse (The Knitting Girl), 1869 by Bouguereau | Canvas Print

La tricoteuse (The Knitting Girl) 1869

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.02
SKU: 189-BWA
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size:144.7 x 99 cm
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA

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