Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau

Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T Bouguereau Evening Mood 1882Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T Bouguereau first kissForgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T Bouguereau Seule au mondeForgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T CupidonForgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T PsycheabductForgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T The Knitting Woman painting by William Adolphe BouguereauForgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   Nymphs and Satyr (1873)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   Return of Spring (1886)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Birth of Venus (1879)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Bohemian (1890)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Dance (1856)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Nut Gatherers (1882)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Shepherdess (1889)Forgotten: William Adolph Bouguereau :: T William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 1905)   The Young Shepherdess(1895)

From Wikipedia:

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.
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3 Comments

  1. Emily wrote:

    Hi, first time visiting your blog :)

    I feel I have to state my opinion, however. Yes, the Impressionists seem to be more “trendy” when it comes to art prefrences of the public, but that doesn’t make the less popular forms of genre painting any better by comparison of popularity (okay, sometimes it does). I think the reason great artists like Bouguereau are neglected is because their subjects and ideas and methods had all been used over and over again and perfected for two hundred years, whereas the Impressionists began to make art personal and put emphasis on one’s impression of the world around them and explored the individual’s place in art. Yeah, painting a shadow with 20 different colors seems kind of odd, but that’s how our eyes actually interpret scenes. The grass in the shade of a tree isn’t simply dull colors of green and gray. Of course those paintings are GORGEOUS and perfect, but I’m just saying that I never can resist the Impressionists attempts at deciphering the way light works :)

    I realize that comment is completely useless but I felt like posting it anywho.

    Posted on 08-Jul-08 at 18:00 | Permalink
  2. dirkhaim wrote:

    I never said anything bad about the Impressionists. On the contrary, I love their works. Standing in front an Impressionist painting is like standing in front of the sea with the waves hitting you. However, I do think that our dear William was neglected because of the trend that prevailed at the time. This is just how things go.

    Thank you for you wonderful comment. I hope this is definitely not your last visit and I do hope to hear your feedback again.

    Cheers

    Posted on 09-Jul-08 at 18:07 | Permalink
  3. Bishop2 wrote:

    Anyway, thanks to Internet Bouguereau’s painting is experiencing a growing interest (I have put some images in my Tumblr, and Russians love it :) (it’s a hit in Livejournal.com)
    I find it academic and relatively cold, but I recognize his paintings are very beautiful and with a great technique. I love his old fashioned, pale-skinned women. Thank you for your so interesting blog!!!

    Posted on 08-Nov-11 at 20:16 | Permalink