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Admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1897. The painting is in San Antonio Museum of Art. The size of the work is 147,3 x 198,1 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    “Admiration” was awarded the highest honors in the Salon of 1899, when Bouguereau was at the height of his fame. “Admiration” represents a somewhat simplified version of “The Offering of Love,” one of the artist’s most influential Salon paintings. Instead of the seven figures in the original composition, this version shows five beautiful, idealized women surrounding the coy figure of Cupid who stands on the ground… (read more in San Antonio Museum of Art)

    About the Artist: French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle. At the age of twelve, Bouguereau went to Mortagne-sur-Gironde to stay with his uncle Eugène, a priest, and developed a love of nature, religion and literature. In 1839, he was sent to study for the priesthood at a Catholic college in Pons. Here he was taught to draw and paint by Louis Sage, who had studied under Ingres. Bouguereau reluctantly left his studies to return to his family, now residing in Bordeaux. Bouguereau became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts… Read more

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