William-Adolphe Bouguereau is a famous French artist who was prominent within the realism art movement and was at his peak during the late 19th century. William-Adolphe Bouguereau was particularly appreciated by the academic art scene right across Europe who approved of both his own technical skills as well as the traditional approach that he used at a time when new, innovative art movements had started appearing all over Europe. williambouguereau.org covers the life and career of this great painter in depth and features a large number of his most famous paintings. You can buy Bouguereau paintings here.
For a period within the 20th century Bouguereau paintings were seen by many as being too traditional and his career received less exposure before gaining popularity in recent years with those who appreciated his mythological paintings as modern interpretations of classical style scenes, frequently including women and children that in recent years has become more popular with the larger number of women who are now part of the world art public.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau built an impressive career which lasted as long as 50 years across the mid to late 19th century and the painting above is typical of his work, featuring mythical babies in Bouguereau's preferred technical style which most have labelled as realism. It is unsurprising to learn of the artist's traditional style when you consider that early on in his life he was tutored in classical subjects by his uncle who was keen to encourage William-Adolphe into becoming enthusiastic about old-fashioned and conservative principles.
Bouguereau, as typical for classical painters, featured nudists within several of his paintings, such as The Wave (1896) and The Birth of Venus (1879). These genres offered the artist an opportunity to underline his great skills with regards accurate reproduction of the human body and this was a topic which greatily inspired him, as well as suiting his approach to art. The Birth of venus has become one of his most respected paintings and frequently is mentioned whenever his name comes up in the modern media.