William Adolphe Bouguereau

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William Adolphe Bouguereau

  1. 1. William-Adolphe Bouguereau (Introduction):  La Rochelle, France the 30th November of the year 1825.  He went to a good school and as he showed a great artistic talent, his father sent him to the School of Fine art in Bordeaux where he won his first price.  He married Marie-Nelly Monchablon and they had five children.  826 paintings.  He finally died in La Rochelle from a heart disease.
  2. 2. Fame and fall:  William gained wide fame in Belgium, Holland, Spain, and in the United States.  American millionaires considered him the most important French artist at the time.  In 1900, Degas and Monet named him as most likely to be remembered as the greatest 19th-century French painter by the year 2000.  Unfortunately in 1920 he began to have a bad reputation, this is why for decades following, his name wasn’t even mentioned.
  3. 3. “L'Amour et Psyché, enfants”  L'Amour et Psyché, enfants is one of William’s most famous paintings.  It was painted in the year 1890.  Exposed in a private gallery.  It has been painted in oil.  It represents Cupid and Psyche when they were little.  This painting is commonly known as “The First Kiss” because in a famous web page about paintings it said so.

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