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Seated Nude by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Seated Nude by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    Seated Nude by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1884. The painting is in Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The size of the work is 116,5 x 89,8 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Trained in the academic tradition, Bouguereau viewed the female nude as an ideal subject to display his skill. He rendered this model’s complex pose flawlessly, subtly manipulating light and shade to create a convincing illusion of three-dimensional form. The figure’s skin appears especially soft and smooth in contrast to the raw earth, jagged rock, and glassy water around her. (Read more in Clark Art Institute)

    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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