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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) was a 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.


Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons. He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists.



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Two Girls (Childhood Idyll) 1900 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Two Girls (Childhood Idyll) 1900
La Priere (The Prayer) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
La Priere (The Prayer)
Children With the Lamb (Detail) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Children With the Lamb (Detail)
Birth of Venus - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Birth of Venus
Orestes Pursued by the Furies - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Orestes Pursued by the Furies
Le Premiers Bijoux - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Le Premiers Bijoux
Calinerie (A Little Coaxing) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Calinerie (A Little Coaxing)
Psyche and Cupid - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Psyche and Cupid
L'Orage (The Storm) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
L'Orage (The Storm)
Chansons de printemps - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Chansons de printemps
Bacchante 2 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Bacchante 2
Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche)
Boucles D'Oreilles (The earrings) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Boucles D'Oreilles (The earrings)
La couturière (Sewing) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
La couturière (Sewing)
La Cruche Cassée - detail (The Broken Pitcher) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
La Cruche Cassée - detail (The Broken Pitcher)
Une vocation (A calling) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Une vocation (A calling)
All Saints' Day (Le jour des morts) 1859 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
All Saints' Day (Le jour des morts) 1859
La Soif (Thirst) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
La Soif (Thirst)
Adolphe William Bouguereau II - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Adolphe William Bouguereau II
The Bohemian 1890 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
The Bohemian 1890
Le Guêpier (The Wasp's Nest) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Le Guêpier (The Wasp's Nest)
Modestie (Modesty) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Modestie (Modesty)
Sketch for Night - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
Sketch for Night
La révérence (The curtsey) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.bouguereau.org
La révérence (The curtsey)
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