William Bouguereau (*1825 La Rochelle; †1905 La Rochelle)
The Nymphaeum 1878 - Oil on canvas 210 x 145 cm


Bouguereau is an example of 'academic' salon painting at a time, in which Cézanne already had worked out his new image conception.

Monochrome, coldly distant, idealized and slippery painting made by many photos. That had allegedly a lot of fantasy ! Pictures with erotic feeling were well recieved by the public.

Thanks to the antique pattern, he was risen above any preachy criticism. We can actually smile at these kind of pictures.


William Bouguereau
Two Sisters 1901- Oil on canvas


Until our days this audience-grabbing academic salon painting is acting, especially with the coming up of the so-called Photorealism in the 70's of the twentieth century, many of those tendencies continue.


William-Adolphe Bouguereau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; Reproduktion photographer: unknown.

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