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 Bouguereau, Adolphe-William

"One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir! As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the finish. There's only one kind of painting. It is the painting that presents the eye with perfection, the kind of beautiful and impeccable enamel you find in Veronese and Titian.''
-- Adolphe-William Bouguereau, 1895

 Biography

267 x 348 15.6K
15.6K, 267 x 348

Bouguereau in his studio
As a young man, Bouguereau (1825-1905) put himself through the Ecole des Beaux-Arts by keeping books for a wine merchant and coloring lithographic labels for a local grocer. In his spare time, late in the evening, he created drawings from memory. This diligence and discipline resulted in an extrordinarily productive artistic life. Bouguereau produced more than seven hundred finished works and achieved a remarkable level of public acclaim and financial success. He never forgot his difficult early days, however; working secretly, he assisted young artists who were struggling as he had to pursue an artistic career in the face of financial difficulties.

Like many painters of the second half of the 19th century, Bouguereau made a careful study of form and technique and steeped himself in classical sculpture and painting. True to his serious and industrious nature, he worked deliberately and industriously: before beginning a painting he would master the history of his subject and complete numerous sketches.

The tenderness with which he portrayed children and domestic scenes, his technical skill and passion for the classics, and his love of rich color are hallmarks of Bouguereau's exquisite paintings.


378 x 684 56.5K
56.5K, 378 x 684

The Abduction of Psyche
Painted: 1895
L'innocence
Painted: 1893

281 x 450 37.9K
37.9K, 281 x 450

400 x 692 38.7K
38.7K, 400 x 692

The Little Shepherdess
Painted: 1891
Young Priestess
Painted: 1902

304 x 707 29.8K
29.8K, 304 x 707

400 x 681 55.2K
55.2K, 400 x 681

Le Printemps
(The Return of Spring)
Painted: 1866
The Shepherdess
Painted: 1889

280 x 487 56.1K
56.1K, 280 x 487

266 x 588 63.5K
63.5K, 266 x 588

The Young Shepherdess
Painted: 1895
The Virgin With Angels
Painted: 1900

371 x 585 35.4K
35.4K, 371 x 585

742 x 1054 94.0K
94.0K, 742 x 1054

The Birth of Venus
Painted: 1879
Oil on canvas
300 x 218 cm
Musee d'Orsay
Paris
Crown of Flowers
Painted: 1884

318 x 588 22.9K
22.9K, 318 x 588

290 x 501 34.8K
34.8K, 290 x 501

Cupidon
Painted: 1875
Bridgeman Art Library
London
La Danse
1850

326 x 580 51.0K
51.0K, 326 x 580

287 x 546 56.7K
56.7K, 287 x 546

Evening Mood
Painted: 1882
Invading Cupid's Realm
Painted: 1892

346 x 550 26.6K
26.6K, 346 x 550

291 x 486 20.6K
20.6K, 291 x 486

The First Kiss
Painted: 1873
The Knitting Girl
Painted: 1869

350 x 516 35.7K
35.7K, 350 x 516

353 x 523 16.2K
16.2K, 353 x 523

Nymphs and Saytr
Painted: 1873
The Madonna of the Roses
Painted: 1903

344 x 489 79.6K
79.6K, 344 x 489