William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter. Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body. Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons. He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists.
It’s a shame that such wonders receive little attention. I don’t want to underestimate the wonderful works of the Impressionists, but it’s a pity that the world of art tends to be so trendy and to sometimes neglect what doesn’t fall into the current fashion.