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M  William BOUGUEREAU Le Peintre

(Guillaume dit William BOUGUEREAU)
(William BOUGUEREAU)
Artiste Peintre, Prix de Rome Peinture (25 January 1851 - 31 December 1853), Académie des Beaux Arts (1876(Peinture))

  • Born 30 November 1825 (Wednesday) - LA ROCHELLE 17
  • Deceased 19 August 1905 (Saturday) - LA ROCHELLE 17 , age at death: 79 years old

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Individual Note

http://artrenewal.org/museum/b/Bouguereau_William/bio3.asp#Villa

At the time, the Villa Medici, where Prix de Rome winners went to study, was administered by the painter, Jean Alaux. Bouguereau and Baudry (the other winner that year) were to meet a number of older artists, among them: Boulanger, Lenepveu, de Curzon, and Lecointe. During their Roman sojourn, the visitors were able to study at leisure not only the Italian old masters but also Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities. Bouguereau would forge his opinions of Correggio, Titian, and Veronese in situ; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael he already regarded highly and would continue to do so.

The student-visitors were also encouraged, in spite of the dangers, to travel about in Italy and William did not hesitate. With de Curzon he went to Pompeii, Naples and Capri, and in the north, visited the cities of Sienna, Perugia, Assisi, where he copied the cycle of St Francis in its entirety. In Florence he spent most of his time at the Uffizi Gallery.

But, the French artists were also required to send assignments back to the Institute. Most notably during his stay in Rome, Bouguereau produced a copy of Raphael s Galatea; Canephorae from antique friezes; The Jews led into Captivity; Battle of the Centaurs, and finally; The Triumph of the Martyr - the crowning achievement of his time in Rome, which was later preserved at the Musée de Luxembourg.



L Enlèvement de Psyché

Elève de Picot, il obtint le grand prix de Rome en 1850, et devint académicien des Beaux-Arts en 1876. Il fut une gloire officielle du second Empire et de la IIIème République.

Se détachant radicalement des impressionnistes, ses tableaux religieux s'inspirent du préraphaélisme anglais comme de la Renaissance italienne. Ses nus, plus ou moins mythologiques, ne sont pas sans évoquer les oeuvres de Raphaël, dont il fut un grand admirateur.

Ainsi, son oeuvre reste célèbre par ses nombreuses représentations de l'angélique Amour, de Psyché, de Cupidon, de Nymphes, de Vénus, ou encore de Bacchus enfant.

Il aimait aussi à peindre les enfants dans leurs jeux, dans leur quotidien, et notamment les jeunes filles, comme des bergères, des bohémiennes, ou encore des vendangeuses, souvent issues de la misère.

Son succès fut particulièrement important aux Etats-Unis, qui lui consacrèrent plusieurs expositions.

Membre de l'Institut ; Grand officier de la Légion d'honneur

ref : http://lanyana.free.fr/galerie_bouguereau-pres.html

http://geneweb.inria.fr/roglo?lang=fr;i=409491

http://www.villamedici.it/home.cfm

Family Note

Marriage with Nelly MONCHABLON:

Cinq Enfants

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Elie Sulpice Théodore BOUGUEREAU ca 1795-   M Marguerite BONNIN 1804-1896
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William Le Peintre BOUGUEREAU, Artiste Peintre 1825-1905



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