Portrait of Adolphe-William Bouguereau

Adolphe-William Bouguereau Painting Reproductions Gallery 6 of 10

1825-1905

French Academic Classicism Painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter.

Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle.
A student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he won the Prix de Rome in 1850 and his realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Paris Salon for his entire working life. Although he fell into disregard in the early 20th century, due perhaps to his staunch opposition to the Impressionists, there is a new appreciation for his work. In his lifetime, Bouguereau painted eight hundred and twenty-six paintings.

In his own time, Bouguereau was considered to be one of the greatest painters in the world. In 1900, his contemporaries Degas and Monet reportedly named him as most likely to be remembered as the greatest 19th century French painter by the year 2000, although with Degas' famous trenchant wit, and the aesthetic tendencies of the two Impressionists, it is possible the statement was meant as an ironic comment on the taste of the future public. Bouguereau's works were eagerly bought, at high prices, especially by American millionaires. After about 1920, Bouguereau fell into disrepute. Some assert this may have been consciously engineered by the new "art expert establishment", who resented his former opposition to new developments in painting, but it is likely that more profound societal factors were instrumental to this enormous shift in taste and sensibility. For decades, his name was not even mentioned in encyclopedias. Today, over one hundred museums throughout the world exhibit his works.

At a rather advanced age, Bouguereau was married for the second time, to fellow artist Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, one of his pupils. He also used his influence to open many French art institutions to women for the first time, including the Academie francaise.
He died in La Rochelle.

229 Bouguereau Paintings

Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist, 1863 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the ... 1863

Oil Painting
$2869
Canvas Print
$74.49
SKU: BWA-292
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 137 x 108 cm
Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan, Taiwan

The Crab, 1869 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Crab 1869

Oil Painting
$1582
Canvas Print
$71.75
SKU: BWA-293
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 81 x 65.5 cm
Private Collection

Brother and Sister, 1887 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Brother and Sister 1887

Oil Painting
$1891
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-294
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 179 x 80 cm
Private Collection

Plums, 1896 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Plums 1896

Oil Painting
$1601
Canvas Print
$78.36
SKU: BWA-295
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 96.5 x 60.5 cm
Private Collection

Not too Much to Carry, 1895 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Not too Much to Carry 1895

Oil Painting
$1735
Canvas Print
$50.93
SKU: BWA-296
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 112 x 76 cm
Private Collection

Love on the Look Out, 1890 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Love on the Look Out 1890

Oil Painting
$1694
Canvas Print
$60.75
SKU: BWA-297
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 116.9 x 76.9 cm
Private Collection

The Prayer, 1865 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Prayer 1865

Oil Painting
$1467
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-298
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Before the Bath, 1900 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Before the Bath 1900

Oil Painting
$1714
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-299
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 134.5 x 75 cm
Private Collection

Far from Home, 1867 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Far from Home 1867

Oil Painting
$2565
Canvas Print
$83.50
SKU: BWA-300
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

A Moment's Rest, 1900 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

A Moment's Rest 1900

Oil Painting
$1681
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-301
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 149.5 x 72.5 cm
Private Collection

Inspiration, 1898 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Inspiration 1898

Oil Painting
$1480
Canvas Print
$60.45
SKU: BWA-302
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Sewing, 1898 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Sewing 1898

Oil Painting
$1638
Canvas Print
$56.48
SKU: BWA-303
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 115.5 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Returned from the Fields, 1898 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Returned from the Fields 1898

Oil Painting
$1681
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-304
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 128 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Apples, 1897 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Apples 1897

Oil Painting
$1480
Canvas Print
$85.06
SKU: BWA-305
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 66 x 51.5 cm
Private Collection

Little Girl with a Bouquet, 1896 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Little Girl with a Bouquet 1896

Oil Painting
$1449
Canvas Print
$89.36
SKU: BWA-306
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 65.4 x 54.6 cm
Private Collection

A Calling (Seated Girl Writing), 1896 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

A Calling (Seated Girl Writing) 1896

Oil Painting
$1660
Canvas Print
$51.07
SKU: BWA-307
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 104 x 71 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Little Brother, 1902 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Little Brother 1902

Oil Painting
$1852
Canvas Print
$80.49
SKU: BWA-308
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 137.2 x 92.7 cm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA

Compassion!, 1897 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Compassion! 1897

Oil Painting
$2160
Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: BWA-309
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Difficult Lesson, 1884 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Difficult Lesson 1884

Oil Painting
$1046
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: BWA-310
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 97.8 x 66 cm
Private Collection

Yvonne, 1896 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Yvonne 1896

Oil Painting
$1501
Canvas Print
$77.11
SKU: BWA-311
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 87.5 x 54.4 cm
Private Collection

Psyche, 1892 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Psyche 1892

Oil Painting
$1523
Canvas Print
$75.33
SKU: BWA-312
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 107 x 65 cm
Private Collection

Big Sis', 1886 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Big Sis' 1886

Oil Painting
$1852
Canvas Print
$81.02
SKU: BWA-313
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Biblis, 1884 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Biblis 1884

Oil Painting
$1618
Canvas Print
$77.47
SKU: BWA-314
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 48 x 79 cm
Private Collection

Bacchante, 1894 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Bacchante 1894

Oil Painting
$1601
Canvas Print
$52.51
SKU: BWA-315
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

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