Artist William Bouguereau is legendary for his contributions to Nineteenth century painting. His polished, refined technique represented the height of achievement in the French Academic tradition. Indeed, Bouguereau's sophisticated style was most appreciated in his own time, and he received numerous awards and accolades. Contemporary connoisseurs also admired the painter's charming subjects - from images of comely peasant girls, to depictions of coquettish nymphs, Bouguereau produced works that appealed to the mood of mainstream Nineteenth century audiences.
Adolphe-William Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle, France, in 1825. As a young man, Bouguereau was accepted at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied drawing and developed his considerable skills. He learned to paint in the studio of artist Fran�ois-Edouard Picot, and his determination and talent was rewarded in 1850, when he won the coveted Prix de Rome. While in Italy, Bouguereau had the opportunity not only to polish his technique, but also learn from the grand works of the Italian masters. This Italian influence later manifested itself in Bouguereau's own paintings, for he was fond of depicting idealized images of peasant life in Italy. Works such as the Young Shepherdess and Return from the Harvest demonstrate the appeal of the artist's approach to this subject.
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In her book about Nineteenth century painter Adolphe-William Bouguereau, Fronia E. Wissman introduces readers to one of France's legendary masters. Using a combination of lively, engaging text, insightful commentary about the artist's works, and splendid color images, the author reveals how Bouguereau's glorious paintings contributed to the history of art.
The Art Book
This book is sure to enhance any art lover's library. Color images grace the pages, and every picture is accompanied by a concise description of each featured work and artist.