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William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - a great French artist - was born in La Roc Martin Beaupré paintings for sale

helle (France) in a family of wealthy merchants. He was destined to inherit the business of his family, but thanks to his uncle Eugene (Catholic priest), Bouguereau was able to demonstrate his artistic talent early. The painter went to Bordeaux to study at the School of Fine Arts, where he received the first award for the painting depicting St. Roch. In order to earn money, he drew labels for cans of jam, as well as portraits of parishioners of his uncle's church. Having saved enough money, he went to Paris for further study of painting. To achieve greater authenticity in his paintings, Bouguereau studied historical costumes, archeology, and also took part in anatomical autopsy. William Bouguereau emphasized the study of academic painting, focusing on historical and mythological subjects. The painting "Zenobia Found by the Shepherds on the Araks Shores" brought him a grant to study in Italy in 1850, where he lived for one year studying the masterpieces of the Renaissance, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquity, as well as classical literature. Works of the painter were exhibited annually at the Paris Salon during his entire life. William was a convinced traditionalist, his mythological subjects with goddesses, nymphs, bathers and shepherdesses received a modern interpretation with an emphasis on the naked female body. For his fruitful creative life, he created more than 822 works. In 1856 Bouguereau married Marie-Nellie Moncblon, they married five children. In the late 1850s, the artist's paintings sold very well, he became famous and influential far beyond France. In 1896, William Bouguereau was married a second time: in 1877, his first wife died. Since the 1860's. Bouguereau was inextricably linked with the Academy of Julian, where he taught for several decades drawing and painting. Many of his students managed to become well-known and respected artists in their countries.


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