Bouguereau, William Adolphe
French, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 30 November 1825, in La Rochelle; died 19 August 1905, in La Rochelle.
Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes. Wall decorations.
William Bouguereau was the son of a middle-class family of English origin. From 1832 to 1837 he lived with his uncle Eugène in the small town of Mortagne. His uncle recognised the boy's artistic talent and at the age of 13 allowed him to pursue his interest in painting and to attend art classes at school in Pons under the direction of Louis Sage, a former pupil of Ingres. Despite his son's obvious gift, William's father made him join the family business in Bordeaux but at the same time he enrolled at the municipal drawing and painting school and soon decided to become a painter. He was awarded first prize for figure painting in 1844 for his painting of ...