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William Adolphe Bouguereau

William Adolphe Bouguereau

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau was one of the most influential upholders of the conservative values of French academic art in his day. His painting style stresses precise drawing, contour, and finish, along with strict adherence to the rules of anatomy, perspective, academic modeling, and physiognomic expression in which internal character is revealed by outward appearance. Bouguereau's subjects included Classical, mythological, allegorical, and Oriental themes, as well as contemporary historical. 

Biography

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was one of the most influential upholders of the conservative values of French academic art in his day. His painting style stresses precise drawing, contour, and finish, along with strict adherence to the rules of anatomy, perspective, academic modeling, and physiognomic expression in which internal character is revealed by outward appearance. Bouguereau\'s subjects included Classical, mythological, allegorical, and Oriental themes, as well as contemporary historical.  <BR><BR>From 1843 to 1850, Bouguereau studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, winning the Prix de Rome in 1850. When he returned from Rome, Bouguereau decorated several great houses, drawing his inspiration from the frescoes at Pompeii and Herculaneum. He was awarded a medal of honor at the Paris exhibition of 1878 and in the 1885 Salon.

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