William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau, circa 1880.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-11-30 - 1905-08-19) was a French painter who primarily painted in the European academic, although he also painted a lot of realism. His paintings are primarily scenes of young women and mythology. He was quite popular during his life in both France and the USA.


Due to his popularity, I had seen Bouguereau's art in various books and galleries growing up, and I've always liked his work. His ability to paint a range of wholesome children, violent battles, and erotic nudes really impresses me. I'm also really impressed by his ability to pain such realistic clothing and hair.