William Adolphe Bouguereau  (French, 1825-1905) 

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, La Bouquetiere

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
La Bouquetiere
1899

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, Femme d'Alvito and Femme de Tivoli (Sold)

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
Femme d'Alvito and Femme de Tivoli (Sold)
1860

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, Jeannie

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
Jeannie
1868

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, Young Woman Contemplating Two Embracing Children

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
Young Woman Contemplating Two Embracing Children
Michelman Fine Art
William Adolphe Bouguereau, Les Deaux Soeurs

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
Les Deaux Soeurs
1895

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, L'Adoration des Mages

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
L'Adoration des Mages
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Circle Of William Adolphe Bouguereau, Portrait einer jungen Römerin

 

Circle Of William Adolphe Bouguereau
Portrait einer jungen Römerin
oil on canvas

 

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William Adolphe Bouguereau, La fleur préférée

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau
La fleur préférée, 1895
oil on canvas laid on cardboard

 

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  Prix de Rome
  Médaille 2me classe, Expo Universelle
  Médaille 3me classe, Expo Universelle
  Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
  Médaille d'Honneur, Expo Universelle
  Decorated by King of the Belgians
  Grand Médaille d'Honneur
  Elected Grand Officier, Légion d'Honneur
  William Adolphe Bouguereau was a painter of mythological, religious and historical subjects, as well as portraits and the occasional scene of contemporary genre. He was a pupil of the classicism in the nineteenth century Parisian Academy. His carefully constructed compositions, emphasising the idealised human figure, are worked through half-tones, to the highest degree of finish.
  Bouguereau was the son of an olive oil merchant. He first studied with Louis Sage, a student of Ingres; later he joined the Ecole municipale de dessin et de peinture in Bordeaux and worked under Jean-Paul Alaux. He then moved to Paris after being accepted, with the support of Picot, to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
  In 1866 Bouguereau signed an exclusive contract with the powerful Parisian art dealer Goupil. As a result of this he was exposed to large and generous patronage in the USA. In fact almost seventy per cent of his production after 1866 was intended for and sold to, American collectors.
  Bouguereau received several second and third class medals and honourable mentions in the late 1840s. In 1850, Baudry received the first class Rome Prize, but as there was a vacancy at the Villa Medicis a special dispensation was made and Bouguereau was also sent to study in Rome. The subject of his prize winning submission was Zenoby found by the shepherds on the banks of the Arax.
  As President of the Societe des Artistes Francais, Bouguereau was a crucial member of the Salon jury, and often opposed to the subject matter and techniques of the Impressionists. When Meissonnier formed the breakaway Societe Nationale des Beaux - Arts, the official Salon became known as 'Le Salon Bougereau'.
  Bouguereau was perhaps best known for his handling of the female figure in all her forms: idealised nudes, Madonnas, and the first blossoms of womanhood. His painting technique achieved an unsurpassed degree of finish and luminous coloration, the hallmarks of the French Academy of the late nineteenth century.
  The work of Bouguereau is represented in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris as well as museums in Bordeaux, Dijon and La Rochelle, and in the Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco.
1884 - 1904   The Royal Academy London, England
1898   The Guildhall London, England