Schiller & Bodo

William Adolphe Bouguereau

(French, 1825–1905)

jeune fille et enfant (girl with a child) by william adolphe bouguereau

William Adolphe Bouguereau

Jeune Fille et Enfant (Girl with a Child), 1877

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Biography

Timeline

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.

Exhibitions

1884 - 1904
The Royal Academy London, England
1898
The Guildhall London, England