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Nymphaeum by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Nymphaeum by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Nymphaeum by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1878. The painting is in Haggin Museum, Stockton. The size of the work is 144,8 x 209,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    According to a writer for the Chicago Evening Post in the 1920s, Bouguereau’s reputation in America was built upon his paintings of nudes. When Bouguereau’s 1884 painting The Bathers (Chicago Art Institute) came up for bid at a sale of 1886, it received applause and was promptly bought for a New York saloon for eighteen thousand dollars. Critics may have quibbled over whether his nudes were erotic or chaste, but clearly the public adored them.

    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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