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Sunday, March 3, 2013

William Adolphe Bouguereau (French painter,1825-1905)


William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle, France on November 30, 1825, into a family of wine and olive oil merchants. He seemed destined to join the family business but for the intervention of his uncle Eugene, a curate, who taught him classical and biblical subjects, and arranged for Bouguereau to go to high school. Bouguereau showed artistic talent early on and his father was convinced by a client to send him to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, where he won first prize in figure painting for a depiction of Saint Roch. To earn extra money, he designed labels for jams and preserves. Near the end of his life he described his love of his art, "Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable". He painted eight hundred and twenty-six paintings. Bouguereau died in La Rochelle at age 80 from heart disease.
Flora and Zephyr
Les Oreades
Cain and Abel

The Abduction of Psyche
The Birth of Venus
Nymphs and Satyr
Cupid and Psyche
The first kiss
Le printemps
Bather
Femme Au Coquillage 
Evening Mood
Letoile perdue
Laurore
Dante et Virgile au Enfers
The First Mourning
Lidylle

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