William-Adolphe Bouguereau

(November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) A French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.

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1850 - Dante and Virgil in Hell 1851 - Fraternal Love 1870 - The Bather 1871 - Italian Girl Drawing Water
1873 - Nymphs and Satyr 1875 - At the Edge of the Brook 1879 - At the Edge of the Brook (2) Nymphaeum - 1878
1880 - A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros 1880 - Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1882 - Nut Gatherers 1884 - Bouguereau Biblis
1884 - Lost Pleiad 1885 - Woman with Shell 1885 - Young Girl Going to Fountain 1886 - Thirst
1890 - Bohemian 1890 - A Private Vocation 1891 - Penelope 1893 - Youth
1895 - Not too Much to Carry 1895 - Spring Breeze 1896 - A Calling 1896 - Wave
1897 - Admiration 1897 - Tricoeause 1898 - Head of a Young Girl 1900 - A Childhood Idyll