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William Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a renowned French artist known for his exquisite paintings that captured the beauty and grace of the human form

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Song of the Angels, 1881. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Song of the Angels, 1881. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Song of the Angels, 1881. Found in the collection of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe

The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe
The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Oreads (Les Oreades). Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Oreads (Les Oreades). Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Oreads (Les Oreades). Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: L Amour et Psyche(Amor and Psyche), 1889. Creator: Bouguereau

L Amour et Psyche(Amor and Psyche), 1889. Creator: Bouguereau
L Amour et Psyche (Amor and Psyche), 1889. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The first quarrel (Cain and Abel), 1861. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The first quarrel (Cain and Abel), 1861. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The first quarrel (Cain and Abel), 1861. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Birth of Venus. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Birth of Venus. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Birth of Venus. Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Self-Portrait, 1853. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Self-Portrait, 1853. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Self-Portrait, 1853. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Muse (Philomele), 1861. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Muse (Philomele), 1861. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Muse (Philomele), 1861. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Regina Angelorum, 1900

Regina Angelorum, 1900. Found in the Collection of Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: First Caresses

First Caresses. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Disdain

Disdain. Found in the Collection of Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts, Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Dante and Virgil in Hell. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Dante and Virgil in Hell. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Dante and Virgil in Hell. Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Flagellation of Christ. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Flagellation of Christ. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Flagellation of Christ. Found in the collection of Cathedrale Saint-Louis de la Rochelle

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Equality before Death. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Equality before Death. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Equality before Death. Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Thank Offering. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Thank Offering. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Thank Offering. Found in the collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Veil. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Veil. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Veil. Private Collection

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros, 1880. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros, 1880. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros, 1880. Found in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: Little Girl, 1878. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Little Girl, 1878. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Little Girl, 1878. Found in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Background imageWilliam Adolphe 1825 1905 Collection: The Elder Sister (La Soeur ainee), 1869. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

The Elder Sister (La Soeur ainee), 1869. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
The Elder Sister (La Soeur ainee), 1869. Found in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a renowned French artist known for his exquisite paintings that captured the beauty and grace of the human form. His works, such as "Song of the Angels" (1881), "The youth of Bacchus" (1884), and "The Oreads" (Les Oreades), showcased his mastery in depicting mythological themes with incredible detail and precision. One of Bouguereau's most famous pieces is "The Birth of Venus, " which showcases his ability to capture ethereal beauty in every brushstroke. In this painting, he portrays the goddess emerging from the sea, her delicate features illuminated by soft light. Another notable work is his self-portrait from 1853, where he reveals himself as a confident and talented artist. Bouguereau's fascination with mythology continued throughout his career, evident in paintings like "L'Amour et Psyche" (Amor and Psyche) from 1889 and "The abduction of Psyche" from 1895. These pieces depict scenes from ancient Greek myths with remarkable attention to detail, showcasing Bouguereau's technical skill. Not limited to mythological subjects alone, Bouguereau also explored other themes such as love ("First Caresses"), emotions ("Disdain"), family dynamics ("The first quarrel - Cain and Abel"), religious devotion ("Regina Angelorum"), and even nature itself ("The Muse - Philomele"). Each painting tells a story through its composition, color palette, and meticulous execution. Throughout his lifetime, William-Adolphe Bouguereau left an indelible mark on art history with his timeless masterpieces. His ability to breathe life into canvas continues to inspire artists today while reminding us all of the enduring power of beauty captured through paintbrushes.