Wadsworth Atheneum


This volume offers illuminating insights into the art, career, and family life of the French artist Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905) whose evocative visions of a purer time and place earned him a passionate following during his lifetime down through the present.

Bouguereau displayed his talent for drawing at a very early age, became educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, was a highly successful portraitist, was exhibited at the Salon to an enthusiastic public, and had his work recognized and awarded at various European expositions during his life. By his death in 1905, Bouguereau was scorned by progressive painters and critics who saw in his works all that was wrong with the official French world of art, but he was also a favorite of collectors, who found in his paintings a realm of eternal beauty far from contemporary life.  

Details: By Fronia Wissman
published 1996, 125 pages, softcover


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