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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

William Adolphe Bouguereau (French artist, 1825-1905)


William Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses. Yet in the past century, his reputation and unparalleled accomplishments have undergone a libelous, dishonest, relentless and systematic assault of immense proportions. His name was stricken from most history texts and when included it was only to blindly, degrade and disparage him and his work. Yet, as we shall see, it was he who single handedly opened the French academies to women, and it was he who was arguably the greatest painter of the human figure in all of art history.
The Muse
His figures come to life like no previous artist has ever before or ever since achieved. He wasn't just the best ever at painting human anatomy, more importantly he captured the tender and subtlest nuances of personality and mood. Bouguereau caught the very souls and spirits of his subjects much like Rembrandt. Rembrandt is said to have captured the soul of age. Bouguereau captured the soul of youth.
 W. Bouguereau - unfinished painting
 Regina Angelorum, 1900
Pr tresse de Bacchus

The Harvester 
Tricoteuse
Frileuse 
A Dream of Spring
 Le Jeune Frere
Agreeable Burden
Modesty 
Yvonne
 The Jewel of the Fields
 Bacchante
La Brise du Printemps Spring Breeze
 Pandore 


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