Portrait of Adolphe-William Bouguereau

Adolphe-William Bouguereau - Painting Reproductions Gallery 9 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 Paintings of Bouguereau

Cupid and Psyche as Children (Detail), 1889 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Cupid and Psyche as Children (Detail) 1889

Canvas Print
$78.98
SKU: BWA-6289
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Jewel of the Fields (Detail), 1884 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Jewel of the Fields (Detail) 1884

Canvas Print
$56.28
SKU: BWA-6290
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Jewel of the Fields (Detail), 1884 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Jewel of the Fields (Detail) 1884

Canvas Print
$63.19
SKU: BWA-6291
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Italian Girl Drawing Water, 1871 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Italian Girl Drawing Water 1871

Oil Painting
$1285
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-6292
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 119.5 x 79 cm
Private Collection

Head of a Little Girl, 1888 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Head of a Little Girl 1888

Oil Painting
$899
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-6293
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 24 x 18.5 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Leonie Bouguereau, 1850 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Leonie Bouguereau 1850

Oil Painting
$756
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-6294
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 28.5 x 23 cm
Private Collection

Our Lady of the Angels, 1889 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Our Lady of the Angels 1889

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: BWA-6295
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Study of a Woman for Offering to Love, Undated by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Study of a Woman for Offering to Love Undated

Oil Painting
$899
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-6296
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Dawn, Undated by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Dawn Undated

Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-6297
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Storm, Undated by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Storm Undated

Oil Painting
$1667
Canvas Print
$45.33
SKU: BWA-8331
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 90.8 x 50.5 cm
Private Collection

The Italian Girl with Basque's Tambourin, 1872 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Italian Girl with Basque's Tambourin 1872

Oil Painting
$1829
Canvas Print
$62.22
SKU: BWA-8332
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 141.6 x 106.7 cm
Private Collection

Temptation, Undated by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Temptation Undated

Oil Painting
$1573
Canvas Print
$62.78
SKU: BWA-8333
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 58.7 x 79 cm
Private Collection

Young Shepherdess, 1887 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Young Shepherdess 1887

Oil Painting
$1538
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-8334
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 157.5 x 73.7 cm
Private Collection

Night, 1883 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Night 1883

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: BWA-8335
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 47.6 x 31.8 cm
Private Collection

Amour and Psyche, 1899 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Amour and Psyche 1899

Oil Painting
$1842
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10273
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 218.7 x 129.2 cm
Private Collection

Girl with Pitcher, 1885 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Girl with Pitcher 1885

Oil Painting
$1493
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10274
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 96.5 x 61.5 cm
Private Collection

The Veil, 1898 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Veil 1898

Oil Painting
$1540
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10275
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 114.3 x 80 cm
Private Collection

Glaneuse, 1894 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Glaneuse 1894

Oil Painting
$1491
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10276
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 106.7 x 65 cm
Private Collection

Le Voeu a Sainte-Anne-D'auray, 1869 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Le Voeu a Sainte-Anne-D'auray 1869

Oil Painting
$1895
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10277
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 147.3 x 89.5 cm
Private Collection

Morning Breakfast, 1887 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Morning Breakfast 1887

Oil Painting
$1581
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10278
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 90.8 x 55.9 cm
Private Collection

The Reading, 1895 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Reading 1895

Oil Painting
$1505
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10279
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 116.8 x 80.6 cm
Private Collection

Distraction, 1868 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Distraction 1868

Oil Painting
$1207
Canvas Print
$68.96
SKU: BWA-10280
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 61 x 50.2 cm
Private Collection

The Lamb, 1897 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

The Lamb 1897

Oil Painting
$1829
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10281
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 181.3 x 92.1 cm
Private Collection

Youth, 1893 by Bouguereau | Painting Reproduction

Youth 1893

Oil Painting
$2480
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BWA-10282
Adolphe-William Bouguereau
Original Size: 191 x 122 cm
Private Collection

Top