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[Self-Portrait]Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825–1905)

The career of William Bouguereau, unlike that of his contemporaries, the then avant-garde Impressionists, was one of ever-increasing success without significant setback. He was born on the west coast of France into a family of wine (later olive oil) merchants and was given a classical education by his uncle Eugène, a curate, who tutored him in bible study, Latin and Greek, with particular reference to Old and New Testament stories and classical mythology. He also arranged for him to take drawing lessons and such was his ability that after only 2 years of part-time study, he won first prize in the figure-painting class at the Bordeaux Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

With money earned from painting portraits and financial assistance from an aunt, at the age of 21 William went to Paris to train in the studio of François-Edouard Picot... [Read More]

Bouguereau's Art

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"Whisperings of Love, 1889" by William Adolphe Bouguereau
"Whisperings of Love, 1889"
"Two Sisters" by William Adolphe Bouguereau
"Two Sisters"
"Tricoteuse" by William Adolphe Bouguereau
"Tricoteuse"
"La Petite Ophelie" by William Adolphe Bouguereau
"La Petite Ophelie"
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