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The Broken Pitcher by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    The Broken Pitcher by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    The Broken Pitcher by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1891. The painting is in Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The size of the work is 134,6 x 83,8 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    William-Adolphe Bouguereau was one of the most famous and influential French academic artists of the later nineteenth century. His Broken Pitcher of 1891 exhibits many of the stylistic qualities central to academic teaching of the time, including the careful description of forms with clear contours and smooth three-dimensional modeling, an idealized approach to the human figure, and balanced, architectural massing within the composition. It also manifests the penchant for infusing sentimentality and even light eroticism into the most time-honored subjects. (read more in Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

    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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