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2 09.05.2015 06:01:44

3 Portrait of Anna Head

4 Work Interrupted

5 Return from the Harvest

6 Seated Nude

7 The Shell

8 The Secret

9 Rest in Harvest

10 Song of the Angels

11 Young Girl Defending Herself From Eros

12 Orestes Pursued by The Furies

13 A Soul Brought to Heaven

14 Temptation

15 Portrait of Madame la Contesse de Cambaceres

16 First Caresses

17 By the Edge of a Stream

18 Art and Literature

19 The Little Begar Girls

20 Little Mauraders

21 The Nymphaeum

22 The Bathers

23 The Pet Bird

24 Childhood Idyll

25 At the Edge of the River

26 The Gipsies

27 Les Danse

28 Crown of Flowers

29 Young Priestess

30 Nymphis and Saytr

31 The First Kiss

32 Invading Cupid’s Realm

33 La Tricoteuse

34 The Birth of Venus

35 Evening MoodThe Shepherdess

36 Homer and His Guide

37 The Young ShepherdessThe Little Shepherdess

38 Le Printemps

39 The Broken Pitcher

40 L’InnocenceCupidon

41 As a young man, Bouguereau put himself through the Ecole des Beaux- Arts by keeping books for a wine merchant and coloring lithographic labels for a local grocer. In his spare time, late in the evening, he created drawings from memory. This diligence and discipline resulted in an extrordinarily productive artistic life. Bouguereau produced more than seven hundred finished works and achieved a remarkable level of public acclaim and financial success. He never forgot his difficult early days, however; working secretly, he assisted young artists who were struggling as he had to pursue an artistic career in the face of financial difficulties. Like many painters of the second half of the 19th century, Bouguereau made a careful study of form and technique and steeped himself in classical sculpture and painting. True to his serious and industrious nature, he worked deliberately and industriously: before beginning a painting he would master the history of his subject and complete numerous sketches. The tenderness with which he portrayed children and domestic scenes, his technical skill and passion for the classics, and his love of rich color are hallmarks of Bouguereau's exquisite paintings

42 Bouguereau is a particular favorite of mine and is the generates more fan mail for this gallery than any of the other artists. Despite his artistic genius and wide popularity,very little has been written about Bouguereau, his paintings, and his methods. I have heard rumors of a few out of print books (in French and Italian) on Bouguereau but as yet I have been unable to locate any of them. One source I have heard about (but have not yet seen myself) is a museum catalog from a Paris/Montreal/Hartford exhibition in 1984 which has long been out of print (ISBN 2-89192-047-3).There is also supposed to be a nice postcard book of 30 Bouguereau paintings available from the MOMA store (212-879-5500 for $8.95 + 4.50 shipping and handling). Pomegranate Artbooksalso has recently published a very nice address book and a pocket calendar with some fine reproductions of Bouguereau's paintings (Box 6099, Rohnert Park, California 94927). There is a poster available of Temptation available from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts over the net.A good book on Bouguereau has finally been published in English (in May 1996) by Fronia E. Wissman simply entitled Bouguereau (ISBN 0-87654-582-7, $30.00 published by Pomegranate Artbooks). It is a must for any serious Bouguereau fan.Pomegranate Artbooks Minneapolis Institute of Arts



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