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William-Adolphe Bouguereau
 
 

William Bouguereau. 1895
 
 
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, (born Nov. 30, 1825, La Rochelle, Fr.—died Aug. 19, 1905, La Rochelle), French painter, a dominant figure in his nation’s academic painting during the second half of the 19th century.

Bouguereau entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1846 and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1850. Upon his return to France from four years’ study in Italy, he attracted a wide following with his mythological and allegorical paintings, although his portrait paintings are perhaps held in higher esteem today. His work was characterized by a highly finished, technically impeccable realism and a sentimental interpretation of his subject matter. Bouguereau received many honours in the 1860s and ’70s as his career progressed; he exhibited regularly at the Salon for several decades and became for a time the most famous French painter of his day. As a proponent of official orthodoxy in painting, he played a major role in the exclusion of the works of the Impressionists and other experimental painters from the Salon. In his later years he decorated the chapels of several Parisian churches and painted religious compositions in a Pre-Raphaelite style. He exerted a wide influence, not only in France but in other countries, particularly the United States. In 1876 he was made a member of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Modern critics tend to assess Bouguereau as a painter who sacrificed boldness of technique and originality of outlook for a highly polished but conventional treatment of the human form.

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Little Shepherdess
1891


 


The Bohemian


Madone Assise
1888



The Flagellation of Jesus Christ
1880



Indigent Family (Charity)



The Heart's Awakening
1892



Spring

 
 
 
 


Rest at Harvest







Homer and his Guide
1874



Hazelnuts
1882



A Little Coaxing
1890



Rest



Pastorale



Young Gypsies
 

 
 
 


The Thanks Offering



Gypsy Girl with a Basque Drum







Little Thieves



Just a Taste



Pieta



A Portrait of Amelina Dufaud Bouguereau



A Portrait of Eugene Bouguereau



A Portrait of Leonie Bouguereau



Fraternal Love


Charity



The Day of the Dead



Tobias Saying Good-Bye to his Father


 


The Prayer



Soup



Premieres Caresses

 
 
 
 
 

Art and Literature




Tete d'Etude l'Oiseau







Yvonnette



The Bunch Of Grapes



Young Shepherdess



The Haymaker



The Elder Sister



Maternal Admiration



Washerwomen of Fouesnant



Young Worker



Breton Brother and Sister



Italian Girl Drawing Water



Young Mother Gazing At Her Child



Pendant l'Orage



The Proposal



The Spinner



Child Braiding A Crown



At the Edge of the Brook

 
 
 
 

Dante and Virgil in Hell
1850

 
 
 

 
 
 
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