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William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter


Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body. In his own time, Bouguereau was considered to be one of the greatest painters in the world by the Academic art community, and simultaneously he was reviled by the avant-garde. He also gained wide fame in Belgium, Holland, Spain, and in the United States, and commanded high prices. Bouguereau’s career was a nearly straight up ascent with hardly a setback. To many, he epitomized taste and refinement, and a respect for tradition. To others, he was a competent technician stuck in the past. Degas and his associates used the term “Bouguereauté” in a derogatory manner to describe any artistic style reliant on “slick and artificial surfaces”, also known as a licked finish. In an 1872 letter, Degas wrote that he strove to emulate Bouguereau’s ordered and productive working style, although with Degas’ famous trenchant wit, and the aesthetic tendencies of the Impressionists, it is possible the statement was meant to be ironic. Bouguereau’s works were eagerly bought by American millionaires who considered him the most important french artist of that time. But after 1920, Bouguereau fell into disrepute, due in part to changing tastes and partly to his staunch opposition to the Impressionists who were finally gaining acceptance. For decades following, his name was not even mentioned in encyclopedias.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905 | French academic painter

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